Two-thirds of school recreational facilities are inadequate

Friday, June 28, 2013

A Milwaukee-area community organization has found that two-thirds of the outdoor athletic and recreational facilities at public schools throughout the county are in terrible, poor or fair condition, a recently released report shows.

The report published by Common Ground, an organization of citizens, small businesses and churches, details inspections of the outdoor play facilities at Milwaukee County public schools. The findings give teeth to the organization’s “Fair Play” campaign, which calls for public funds to be used for outdoor athletic and recreational facilities in light of recent talk of a new sports arena.

“Fair play means that our children are practicing and playing at facilities that are safe and superb. Not just adequate, but superb,” said Rev. Carl Griffin, a Common Ground leader and pastor of New Life Baptist Church, during an event to unveil the report. The gathering was held across the street from the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

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