EDITORIAL: At Accomack’s Sawmill Park, two home runs

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On the Eastern Shore of Virginia, naming something of significance after an esteemed area resident is a rare honor. It doesn’t happen enough. So it is gratifying to see when it does. 

And last weekend, Accomack County hit two home runs when it named a ballfield and a pavilion at its modern Sawmill Park after people of integrity and action who have helped Eastern Shore children tremendously.

The Tony Robinson Washington Jr. and Earline Page Washington Ballfield was named in honor of the Washington family’s half-century “of teaching, coaching, and mentoring young people of the Eastern Shore,” a plaque states.

Many remember Earline Washington, who now lives in her native South Carolina, and the late Coach Washington, who died almost five years ago, and their commitment to the area.

Naming the field after them was a perfect way to honor their good works and deeds.

The William “Bill” Allen Sr. Pavilion was named in honor of the late director of Accomack County Parks and Recreation who gave 35 years of public service to the Eastern Shore. The plaque rightfully calls Allen a “community leader.”

Allen ensured an underfunded parks and recreation program persevered. He used his energy, charm, and quick mind to provide programming and experiences to Accomack County youth. Even though his parks and recreation department didn’t have big-city resources, Allen ensured his department provided a world of opportunties.

Allen and the Washingtons represent the best of the Eastern Shore. It is wonderful to see them honored at the new Sawmill Park.

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