By Mary Ann Wells | Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Well well Wells…
The kids got it right and the Messenger reported it correctly. Our parks have been stripped bare. Anyone who signs up immediately prior to the meeting this Thurs. evening at 7 pm is finally being given the opportunity to speak out on this subject.
The playground equipment at the new City Hall is unfortunately not as accessible to the very young ones or those on bicycles. Facing having to cross both a railroad track and busy FM718 is a high deterrent to the younger ones by either themselves or their parents.
The Messenger did report correctly.
As was pointed out at the last regular City Council meeting, citizens are well aware of the lack of ‘quality of life’ shown to the children.
Bonnie J Neal
Then I guess the playground I see at 209 Hudson Street is a figment of my imagination.
I would not let my child ride there bike to the park any have u seen how fast people go down the streets they speed down the road even when we had a park cose to use people don’t care if there are kids on the road .
Dear Mrs. Wells,
Have you SEEN the parks in Haslet and Rhome? Why would you even attempt to compare? Families are needed to create growth. Both families and growth are an important part of Newark’s survival. We need a place for community interaction.
Thanks for your comment, Angela. Yes, I have seen both parks and they are beautiful. It would be wonderful if we could have something like that here in Newark.
I’m all for parks, families and the children of our town. I help with the Christmas Angel Tree every year and two years ago I started an Easter Egg Hunt for our kids.
The question isn’t whether we want a playground or not. The question is how are we going to pay for it?
And the only issue I had with the WCM was that they failed to mention at all the fact that we do have a park at the Newark Town Square. They left that fact out completely and I thought that wasn’t very fair to our city.
I hope to see you at tonights meeting.
Wasn’t this all in a Latter to the Editor Mary. Not sure if you realize it or not, but Letters To The Editor are submitted by readers, not the WCM. They do not edit for content.
It’s sure a good thing none of you guys live in Bridgeport. You’d really be complaining because their park is right beside a major road.
Thanks for your comment, Craig Brandon. What I wrote was in response to the Wise County Messenger news article that was written by a Wise County Messenger reporter. It was published August 25 and is titled “Residents want playground equipment returned to park.”
Newark has a playground at 209 Hudson Street and I did not think it fair that the reporter left this important fact out of his article. In my opinion, he made it seem like the children of Newark had no place to play when, in fact they really do.
The playground is small but it was donated by a Gold Girl Scout and we are very proud of it.
Mary, I understand your neighbor held a nice fundraiser for park equipment at his local tennis court. Maybe another one of Newark’s fine home-based businesses, Kay-Wel 2 Corporation would like to donate?
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