To The Daily Sun,
As a lifelong resident of Meredith, it is with no pleasure that I say that I am absolutely ashamed of our park department. Honestly, visiting Prescott Park in Meredith is an enraging experience. From the despicable condition of the baseball fields, the basketball court (that has never been maintained for as long as I can remember), the "playground" that seems to be nothing more than a splinter trap, the rundown skate park, the condemned building that has served absolutely no purpose in years, and the entirely inexcusable racial symbols spray-painted on the back of the concrete backstop by the basketball court; there is really nothing to look forward to when visiting the park.
All of this leads me to ask one question: With the entire park in such disrepair, why are we paying somebody a salary with taxpayer dollars who is clearly not doing their job? Would we compensate a teacher who neglected to teach their students? I don't think so.
I would think that in a day and age where our communities are having such difficulties battling a drug issue, that there would be more of an effort to provide positive alternatives for our youth to go spend time enjoying the outdoors. It seems instead that this is just another case of a government body dropping the ball when it comes to doing anything productive for the community that they are supposed to serve. Collecting a salary that is paid with taxpayer dollars and in no way intending to serve the community that supplies your livelihood is nothing short of theft.
I am also puzzled to find that the town Community Center is essentially open around 30 hours per week (I found this by calling and asking their staff directly) for the public to come in and use the facilities as they wish (including only 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays).
It seems that much of the time the building is open is dedicated to private events making it seem to me that it is actually more of a profit center than a community center. Even more puzzling is the fact that most of these hours are during school hours, which leads me to ask again, what are our youth supposed to do outside of school as positive alternatives to getting caught up in bad decisions?
I know everyone may not share my beliefs, but I think in a time when we are losing so many loved ones to the drug epidemic, we should be providing the children light in such dark times. It is time to hold those in charge responsible for their complete and utter neglect of our community and its needs.
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