Park Problems

Nov 01, 2017

To the Editor:

We would like to request your kind assistance in trying to correct a grave mistake in regards to the black stones put on the front of our playground by the bay in Holgate. They are sharp. If a child or anyone fell, he or she could be cut or bruised badly.

In the beginning we were told they were using this stone as the better option was not available, but would change to black gravel as soon as it was available. We all know this gravel (not stone) is available. The park across from the police headquarters in Beach Haven has it.

Many of the people who come to that park do not live on or own a home on the Island. They receive more than we do in Holgate. The Beach Haven park has a large playground, flowers, a ramp and benches. Our park in Holgate has a tiny playground. Children walking from surrounding areas to the Holgate park have to walk on streets to avoid walking on the sharp stones to get to a basketball and tennis court. It is a pity.

Please help. Township officials feel we are living in a hamlet not to be noticed. However, they have given a permit for 41 houses on the old trailer park land a block away from the playground. Only one Holgate resident opposed the construction plan. Many Holgate residents said they were not made aware of the plan.

All in all, it seems like Holgate residents are being treated like second-class citizens.

J.P. Gannon


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