Five members of the Sciotoville community gathered at Cindy Secrest Park behind the Sciotoville Fire Station Saturday morning armed with paint and paintbrushes. Ted Bear, president of the Sciotoville Committee for Community Renewal, said it was just another way the committee is trying to paint and clean up the Sciotoville community. “We came to the city about three months ago and offered to spruce up the park if they would provide the paint,” Bear said. “And they were glad to oblige, and gave us about a thousand dollars in paint and supplies, so we got together today (Saturday) to paint the playground equipment.” Bear said the group has taken over the care of the small park located between Giovanni's Restaurant and National City Bank in the area of the old railroad tracks. “Back in May we performed Operation Clean Sweep there, and our next project will be painting the playground equipment at Allard Park,” he said. “This has been a really busy week, so we'll probably take a weekend off next weekend, but we'll probably paint that equipment sometime in the next two weeks.” Bear said the Sciotoville Committee for Community Renewal has been organized for a number of years, but recently has begun working mostly on the spruce-up projects that directly benefit the children of the Sciotoville community. “It's a grassroots effort all the way,” Bear said. “While we were painting today, a young boy who lives right next door to Cindy Secrest Park came over and asked if he could help. We told him he would have to get permission from his parents, so he left, and a few minutes later came back with a letter from his grandmother saying he could help, and when he arrived he had paintbrush in hand.” Sciotoville Community School was approved by Portsmouth City Council on July 9 for the purchase of Allard Park, including the football stadium and tennis courts, in Sciotoville for $1. “Things won't change at Allard Park. We will continue to take care of it,” Bear said.
FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.