Windham officials open to skate park site proposals
During Monday night’s meeting of the board of selectmen, members agreed that a public hearing before selectmen and members of the town’s recreation committee would be an important step in determining what to do with the vacated spot near the entrance of Griffin Park.
Last spring, town officials opted to close the park for good, and the site’s ramps and other equipment were sold off to the highest bidders.
Since then, Haas has heard from plenty of residents about what to do with the site.“People have called me with many different ideas of what they’d like to see in that spot,” Haas said on Wednesday.
Others have suggested leaving the site paved for street hockey games, though some would prefer to let the grass grow in, allowing for additional field space.
Town Administrator David Sullivan told selectmen this week that a public forum would be the best way to gather ideas on the record.
“Based on the past process of Griffin Park and how it was developed, this really needs to go before the people,” Hohenberger said. “I’d definitely want a public hearing to precede any official discussion.”
He noted that selectmen meetings typically draw a larger crowd than recreation committee meetings.
Vice Chairman Al Letizio agreed.
“It certainly warrants discussion,” he said. “I think the public’s input is very important.”
Scott said members of the recreation committee would be represented on the new master plan steering committee, but those forums aren’t expected to be held until early summer.
The board agreed to hold a public hearing during one of its April meetings. Once a final date is determined, it will be posted in advance on the town’s website, www.windhamnewhampshire.com.
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