Neighbors Patrol Rockridge Elementary Grounds
Posted at: 08/27/2013 4:40 PM
| Updated at: 08/27/2013 7:59 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
Rockridge Elementary School has been sitting empty for two years. It's still up for sale, but in the meantime, the neighborhood is making sure the site stays clean and safe.
"All of my kids went to school here," said Ronnie Ball.
For almost 45 years, Ball has lived near Rockridge.
"It's a lot of memories," said Ball. "I used to come here and coach fourth, fifth, and sixth grade basketball."
Now the school sits empty, but everyday Ball and his golden retriever, Ginger, walk the grounds. They look for anything out of place or pick up garbage. He's one of several neighbors that patrol.
"It's been this way for about 48 years so it's part of the neighborhood as a park," said fellow neighbor and member of the group FORockridge, Mark Irving.
Along with the neighbors, a Citizen Patrol under the Duluth Police Department also keeps an eye on the site.
"They do drive-by patrols and have radios to keep in touch. They don't take the matters into their own hands. We work in conjunction with them," said Irving.
The neighbors want the site to be sold, but they don't want to lose what they have.
"We are just trying to look for the most practical development, where it is not 45 -foot structures and... parking lots," Irving said.
One of their biggest concerns is the proximity to Hawk Ridge. The observation lookout is 400 yards uphill from Rockridge.
But until it's sold, the neighbors will keep an eye on Rockridge.