Park would be something all enjoy
To the editor:
After reading your recent editorial about economic development in the Abbott Court area of downtown I would like to add a few comments.
Although I do support a park in the Abbott Court area I can’t take credit for it. I will give that to Stuart Arnett, who worked with the town on economic development a few years ago and part of his plan included a skateboard park. It seemed a skate park limited the population of people who would use it and I thought a park for everyone would be a much better idea. The idea of a park is to draw people into the downtown and hopefully spur new businesses to the now vacant seven or eight stores.
The conceptual plan was to buy all the property around Abbott Court and develop it. In all honesty the plans look great but I think the cost to develop it would be prohibitive to the town and expensive for a developer that might want to come in.
There has to be money out there somewhere to fund a park in a depressed downtown and I’m sure we employ a talented enough person that can search out those grants. I like the idea of selling bricks or even park benches in someone’s name. The point of this is to spend as little new taxpayer money as possible to fund the park.
The town owns five properties in the Abbott Court area: 5 Abbott Court is a town parking lot; 8 Central St. is on 0.09 acres of land all by itself; 3 Central Court, 1 Central Court and 2 Central Court Ext. are the properties I would like to see converted to a park. The three properties combined are about an acre and a half of land. Two of these three properties have sat vacant since 2006. That’s seven years of no real plan as to what to do with these properties. It’s time to change that.
You might be right that it is a bad idea to put a park in the Abbott Court area. The realities are that we have spent almost a million dollars on these properties and haven’t done anything with them. Maybe it’s time to think about putting some green space into the downtown area for everyone to enjoy.
Till worked for public health
To the editor:
The New Hampshire Public Health Association would like to publicly thank state Rep. Mary Till who is among those in this area whose hard work this past year helped further public health in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Public Health Association (www.nhpha.org) is committed to strengthening the state’s public health system to improve health, prevent disease, and reduce costs for all. Each year we recognize representatives of both parties whose votes supported sound public health policy this legislative session in Concord. Among the many pieces of legislation impacting public health each year, we select a few key bills with roll call votes to determine which legislators should be called Champions.
This year our Public Health Champions worked to: ensure that more children are safe in automobiles by supporting changes to childhood restraints; that the taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products were restored in New Hampshire; that New Hampshire repeal the Stand Your Ground legislation; and that the hours for the sale of liquor in New Hampshire not being extended by an hour.
We recognize Rep. Till for taking seriously her role in protecting and promoting healthy communities.
New Hampshire Public Health Association