Where Wiffle Ball's a Crime There May Be No Child Left Outside

With kids across America suffering from a severe case of nature deficit disorder as technology creeps in and takes over their room for creative play it may come as a surprise that a group of kids putting together their very own field of dreams on which to play Wiffle ball have stirred up quite a ruckus in Greenwich, Connecticut.

It seems they’ve put a ton of time and energy into their recreation of Fenway, complete with a miniature Green Monster constructed out of reused pallets and painted green. But almost as soon as they began to play ball there were angry neighbors with a legal team, the police, the town nuisance officer and tree warden and other officials in all shapes and sizes coming down to condemn them for one reason or another.
For as they’ve discovered, a kid’s field of dreams is quite often an adult’s dangerous nuisance, liability nightmare, unpermitted special use of space or drag on property values to say the least. Particularly in Greenwich, where they space on which they play is valued at no less than $1.25 million.

Legal Fight Brewing Over Wiffle Ball in Greenwich
Ultimately, their Wiffle ball Fenway has become the talk of the town and there’s no telling where, precisely it will end up as even the Lt. Governor has been drawn into the mix. And as the history of Greenwich is littered with lengthy legal battles over matters great and small there is no reason to believe that this one may not take quite some time to straighten out.

But it seems that in a land where we’ve got more and more problems connected to our lack of contact with nature there should be just a little room left for a kid to build their very own field of dreams. Who knows, maybe a miracle will happen?

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