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Make room for Rash Field attractions [Letter]

As someone who runs along the Inner Harbor frequently, it's easy to recall the many times walkers would stop to see the trapeze school participants and teachers performing there a decade ago. It was a natural draw, especially in the evening with lights beaming on the net-surrounded spot. The high cost of the attraction probably did it in.

But it is with some dismay that I read about plans regarding Rash Field that would take away the constant attraction that is the beach volleyball courts ("City looks at another go-round at Rash Field," July 11). On any given night, you can find scores of young people playing and bringing a sense of life to the location.

If the now-decrepit seating bowl is removed, that would make for a considerably larger space. Are people really going to be attracted to the southern shore of the Inner Harbor by a large grass field? To do what, watch the grass grow?

Surely, some piece of the rejuvenated field can be saved for the volleyball set rather than shunting them off to the Middle Branch area. It would continue the natural draw for visitors to maybe stop a moment there for a look every night of the week. Rash Field once held the seasonal ice rink and that, too, would be a great revival idea for bringing people there in the winter.

I just can't figure what a large grass field hard upon Federal Hill is going to do to attract people.

Bob Costantini, Baltimore

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