I wrote a story for today’s paper about all the money that’s been raised to build a lawn-bowling green and revive the sport of lawn bowling in Mitchell. One man, Rod Titze, has raised $20,000 in private donations and has snagged an additional $15,000 from the Mitchell City Council. That’s $35,000 for a sport that hasn’t existed in Mitchell for 15 or more years.
Meanwhile, there’s a debate raging over whether the school district will close its Middle School pool to save $67,000. It’s a facility that has served thousands of people over several decades and continues to be vital to the local swim club and others.
Does anybody else find it somewhat odd that $35,000 can be raised by one guy in less than a year for a sport that few people have ever heard of, while at the same time the school district stands on the brink of closing an existing, heavily used pool to save $67,000?
I’m not trying to take a position on either issue. I don’t know whether funding lawn bowling was the right move for the City Council, or whether attempting to close the pool is the right move for the Board of Education.
It just seems weird that both things are happening at once. One year ago, I doubt there were many who predicted lawn bowling would have a brighter future than swimming.