Let me start by saying I'm all for upgrading Upper Arlington parks, including Fancyburg, which is most in need of an upgrade. I support improvements to Northam Park, especially the swamp side behind Tremont Elementary School.

To the Editor:

Let me start by saying I'm all for upgrading Upper Arlington parks, including Fancyburg, which is most in need of an upgrade. I support improvements to Northam Park, especially the swamp side behind Tremont Elementary School.

I don't support a rec center at Northam Park but the old Macy's building would have been a great site for a rec center. I think the pool at Northam should most definitely have a baby pool and a diving area or why even put a pool in the park?

As to sports, I can't believe we allow a small group of people playing tennis, a lot of whom don't even live in Upper Arlington, to dictate what the park should look like. There are close to 35,000 people in UA and probably 34,000-plus have never used the tennis courts at Northam.

What really amazes me is during all the debate on the parks, no mention is ever made of Thompson Park, by far the largest in the city. There are four baseball diamonds at the park but only two are used regularly and these by travel teams.

The city could easily place six to eight baseball diamonds at Thompson with minimal impact on the park itself; for that matter, you could put tennis courts at Thompson also. Why is this never brought up? Why is Thompson Park untouchable and never discussed?

Terry Fleming

Upper Arlington