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Officials say park is too darn hot

Union Leader Correspondent
May 28. 2013 12:09AM

NASHUA — A city alderman is hoping to remove some of the direct sunlight that she believes is preventing local families from visiting Nashua’s playgrounds.

According to Alderman-at-Large Barbara Pressly, some of the play facilities throughout the city are not being used during the summer months when the sun is intense and equipment is hot. Concerns of skin cancer are also legitimate, she added.

Pressly has filed a proposed resolution that, if approved by the Board of Aldermen, could possibly allow for a sun canopy to be built at the Roby Park playground.

“This would be a good park to start with,” Pressly told the aldermanic Committee on Infrastructure last week.

The committee ultimately supported the proposal, which is also being recommended by the Board of Public Works. Aldermen will have the opportunity to vote on the matter in the coming weeks.

According to the proposal, the hot weather is limiting the use of the Roby Park playground in Nashua’s south end. A sun canopy or other shade system should be installed over the playground, according to Pressly, who is recommending that the city seek funding from the Jeff Morin Memorial Fund.

If approved, the city will request that the Morin family consider using money from the Jeff Morin Memorial Fund to cover the cost of the canopy. Morin, 15, died in a motor vehicle accident several years ago. His family presented a memorial fund to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to be used by the city for park improvements, programing and scholarships.

Pressly said the city would have the opportunity to research various types of seasonal sun canopies or sun shade systems to determine what would be the most appropriate, along with the cost estimates before seeking a donation from the Morin family.

“I agree it is blazing hot in the sun,” said Alderman Diane Sheehan, Ward 3, explaining that her own children play at the Roby Park playground. However, Sheehan questioned whether there was any consideration to planting trees at the playground instead of installing a canopy.

Pressly said she likes the idea of shade trees as well but said they could take decades to grow to the appropriate height to provide shade. The proposed canopy, she said, is a logical starting point.

Sheehan said, however, she is not comfortable asking someone else to pay for a canopy.

Pressly’s proposal is being co-sponsored by aldermen Arthur Craffey and Michael Tabacsko.



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