Playing in great weather on Feb. 25, the Riverwood Raiders varsity baseball players enjoyed a win in their first season on a new field, part of the continuing expansion underway at their school campus at 5900 Raider Drive in Sandy Springs. The Riverwood Raiders beat the Galloway Scots 18-3 in four innings of varsity baseball. Photos by Phil Mosier.

5 replies on “Playing ball at Riverwood’s new field in Sandy Springs”

  1. Congratulations on the new field and remember it’s not the grass you stand on it’s what you do on it in this case.

    A publicly funded school that should have the field open to the taxpayers that surround that field.

    Take down the locked gate, and save the SandySprings tax payer the money of having to build, again, independent facilities for them to use without a locked gate.

    Great facilities, like the public school I grew up near and used regularly enroute to a place on the State Team while offering cross training on multiple courts using multiple motor skills and a track for endurance training are just “A vision on the other side” in Sandy Springs.

    Imagine that, a public school boy in SS doing better than most 99% in a sea of Private Schools and gated Public schools that keep the willing out. The willing have to work even harder here in the land of privilege.

    1. As a former Riverwood Baseball player, opening the field to the public negates the amount of time, effort, and money (I realize it was majorly funded by public dollars) it takes the players, parents, and coaches to keep it as nice as it is. A better option would be the football/soccer/lacrosse field and track, which are rubberized and built for all-purpose use. In hindsight, a faux-grass infield/outfield may have been a better option, but that just wouldn’t have been as pretty.

      1. Andrew,

        A public school isn’t about the parents, players and coaches having a nice, Braves like, stadium it’s about educating our youth. Educate them that the Coaches are paid by all citizens. Parent/student participation is a given, part of the word community with no special thank you for doing the obvious. We all should and do work to keep our community a place to live. Am I the only one who picks up trash thrown out a window on my street and picks it up, walks to the car window that threw it out and hands it back? Am I the only one who intervenes when I see wrong doing?

        Not sure what lesson is being taught about society to say that this publicly funded school is off limits to the public. Here in the ‘New Ole South’ I’ll assume it’s not wanting “those types” of people using the facility.

        1. Kevin,

          What about teaching students to take pride in their work to maintain and preserve the publicly-funded investment? There is a big difference between Riverwood’s field and those of most other public schools, and it is not because there is a daily grounds crew to take care of it. Frankly, the old field was just as nice, and that was because the coaches and students worked daily to keep it that way (along with annual fund raisers for larger projects). So, instead of opening another, better-suited, field at the school up to public use, you’re saying the public should be allowed to come in and tear it up every weekend?

          Sounds like your complaints are better lodged with the education board for offering to build a new field in the first place. Throwing out the race card doesn’t really work either, as Riverwood is a very diverse school (only 33% white according to their website).

  2. Students participating in the care of a field is a good thing, been there done that. In a recent poll posted here on the Reporter parents wanted the school system to teach the kids about hard work. Taking care of the field is one way although parents should be more involved in their child’s life and maybe fire the crew cutting their own lawn and have the children do some work at home. I’ve never seen students outside taking care of the field but then I stay off the roads during rush hour. It’s not uncommon for any recreational field to be regularly “prepared” for a game.

    The public paid for it and yes they should be allowed to come on the property and use a field they paid for. The public won’t “tear it up” they’ll use it, which causes wear. It’s not a privilege to drive down any publicly funded street in our city although we read here in the Reporter often of neighborhoods who think otherwise. Public is Public. If you want private, along with the other 40+ private schools in Sandy Springs then reach in your pocket and make the purchase by pooling parents together. Save the tax payer money by not having to build a City facility, two, three, four times, because the public schools have a gate.

    I’m not playing the race card, I live here. The reason a certain apartment complex was torn down on Roswell Road was because “those people” where causing crime in a nearby neighborhood. When a neighbor asks me how he can stop a black family in real estate from building a house, “do you know of any code issues I can use against them”, that’s not imaginary it’s all too common and I called my council member and informed them. Eliminating affordable housing for upper income isn’t a farce it’s a fact. I could write a book on the amount of racism I encounter among the community here in Sandy Springs. The fact that the students are as diverse at Riverwood is great thing. “Those People” are those you claim will tear it up. They aren’t “tearing it up” they’re using it.

    As a public school boy, no college, I am in the upper .5% of income. I achieved great things in sports representing my public school, community and state. If I didn’t have access to the facilities at a nearby Public School the chances of making it in sports would have been negligible. My neighbors in $ million houses with huge debt, a marginal credit score and private school bills in the tens of thousands a year better hope their child does better than a Public School Boy.
    I have faith that many of the students at Riverside will also prove the private school parents wrong and out a lot of money. From what I’ve read and heard the teachers at Riverside are probably better than most of the Private Schools in the City. I’ve said so on stories about the schools teachers.

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