Ask the commander – March 31, 2016

Col. Mary Martin, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander

Col. Mary Martin, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander

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Sports facilities

Anonymous said: I’m a baseball/softball lifer, played college ball, played All Army Softball, my son plays in the high school baseball team and my daughter plays fast pitch. I went to watch my son’s practices and can only say that I’ve been to many, many fields all over the world, to include every field in Europe when I was stationed in Grafenwoehr, without a doubt, this community has the worst facilities I’ve ever seen, by far. Terrible, dreadful fields, it shows that nobody cares, the fields are in total disrepair, that so called cage on the old field is a health hazard and that new field is a complete waste of tax payer’s money. There are no pitching mounds on either field so they use one of those portable mounts, one day a line-drive is going to hit the edge of that mound and a pitcher is going to end up in the hospital. My kids will not participate in any CYS sports, I rather have them join a German team than risk breaking a leg on those awful fields.

Response: Thank you for your comment. CYS Services continually strives to ensure the safety and well-being of all children and youth who participate in the Youth Sports and Fitness Program. Every March, DPW begins maintenance work on all of the ball fields that serve all garrison programs, to include the fields used by both the high school teams and CYS Services. This year, CYS Services also contracted a professional to enhance the quality of the fields. The Clay North ball fields were reconditioned during the week of March 21-25 which should correct any issues on the fields to include holes, unevenness, etc. Also, during that week, a permanent pitching mound was installed and the batting cage will be rebuilt, again ensuring the safety of the children and youth. The fence for the new softball field is scheduled to be delivered in May 2016.

Fitness class cancelation

Anonymous said: I am extremely frustrated that the 9 a.m. FFT class has been cancelled. I love this class for the instructors and the other participants. Rey and Rachel are both knowledgeable and encouraging. I have accomplished physical tasks I didn’t think I could do. Please bring this class back. I look forward to it every class and it has significantly improved my fitness level and overall health and wellness. I am also frustrated that I came to class to find it canceled when I arrived. This information would have been helpful before.

Response: We sincerely apologize for the brief interruption of service in our Function Fitness Training classes and we understand that short noticed decisions can have a negative impact on our guests. We will work more diligently in the future to provide earlier notice. We wholeheartedly agree that programs such as the new FFT class series provided by the Garrison Sports and Fitness Branch have had a positive impact on the health and resiliency of our community. You will be happy to know that the removal of classes from the schedule was only temporary due to personnel and schedule restructuring. You will be able to find these classes back on the schedule at 9am, noon, and 6pm in April with both instructors on the calendar.