Nashua battles over placement of playground
Artist's rendition of the proposed Legacy Playground. Siting of the playground has proven controversial in Nashua.
"This should not be offensive. This should not be a barroom brawl," said Paul Hebert, one of about 30 people who attended a roundtable discussion on Saturday about the soon-to-be constructed Legacy Playground that has yet to secure a home.
Alderman-at-Large James Donchess, chairman of the Infrastructure Committee, said Saturday that this may be a lose-lose situation unless other alternatives and ideas are considered.
It doesn't have to become a "knock down, drag out barroom brawl," added Donchess.
"If this is truly an important project, then why wouldn't the city contribute?" Donchess asked. He suggested that a second site be considered - while still keeping Greeley Park on the table - that would include a reasonable donation from the city as well.
Eric Brand, one of the playground organizers, said Greeley Park is still the group's first choice for Legacy Playground.
In an effort to make sure the future play structure is utilized by as many people as possible of all ages and abilities, Miller contended that anyone with autism would have a problem with the proposed site at Greeley Park because of the excessive noise. In addition, he stressed that there is no access to the proposed location of the playground, and no handicap parking.
"I think there are just legitimate differences here," said Hebert, who believes the back corner of the meadow at Greeley Park seems like a feasible location.
"A gift is a thing that comes with no strings and no mandates and no constraints," said Ballentine, contending if organizers were not dead set on the Greeley Park location, the playground could have probably been built by now.
Alderman-at-Large Diane Sheehan stressed that the proposal is a way to accomplish something the city has been trying to accomplish for years - to replace aging playground equipment that sits within another area at Greeley Park - but at no cost to the taxpayer.
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