To The Daily Sun,
In the June 22 issue of The Laconia Daily Sun,I was really pleased to see the article about Brendan Hart starting a fund to restore the skate park in Meredith. His dad, who died way to young, and gave so much back to Meredith and surrounding communities. His mom donated the money to build the park to honor his dad and it was dedicated as the Glenn Hart Memorial Skateboard Park.
The park has been getting in worse shape and nothing seems to be done to help the situation. That is such a shame since it never cost the town a dime to build it.
My son, Lars, has been and still is a skateboarder for over 30 years and almost since it was built always complained it was never opened. The Town of Meredith has always maintained that because of its insurance company, an attendant must be there at all times. If this is true the Town of Meredith is
getting ripped off. Like Brendan, Lars has skated all over the country and guess the only place that has that rule. How come just in N.H. no one has that rule? (Locally, Laconia and Plymouth.) I spoke to my neighbor, Chris Adams, who just retired as the chief of police in Laconia. He told me that he and his sons used the park eight or nine times last year and doesn't want to see it close. And for you who don't know, Laconia's Skateboard Park was right behind the police station.
And to be told by the recreation department that they were afraid of bullying is a joke. In my opinion, the bullying is being done by the Town of Meredith.
The town and the schools never seem to have a problem with our one-and-a-half-million dollar soccer, football, and track facility being used almost all day long with no supervision; I guess nobody could ever get hurt there.
Now here is a good one by the Town of Meredith: go down to the beach on Lake Waukewan and you will see a sign that says NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY, SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK. IF that is good enough down there, why couldn't they put a sign at the skatepark that says SKATE AT YOUR OWN RISK?
When it comes to skateboarding there has been and still is discrimination in Meredith. I am one proud dad; I have a son who skateboards, doesn't smoke, doesn't drink and doesn't use drugs. But he and his fellow skateboarders are still treated like second-class citizens. Something needs to be done and now is the time.
L. Michael Hatch
- Written by Mike Mortensen
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