Playground debate frustrates Nashua aldermen
“I am totally frustrated. I am just unbelievably upset this was held off,” Donchess told the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. He questioned why playground organizers did not approach aldermen sooner about their proposal, a move that he said may have been “tactical” because of inappropriate advice given to playground leaders.
The board opted Tuesday to delay voting on whether the fully inclusive, all-accessible playground should be built at Greeley Park, and instead is referring the matter back to the aldermanic Infrastructure Committee for further review.
Meanwhile, it will be up to the Infrastructure Committee to decide the next step in this process, which has garnered a lot of public comment from both opponents and supporters of the Greeley Park site.Alderman-at-Large Brian McCarthy stressed that playgrounds are appropriate for parks, adding he is disappointed the board is not concentrating on solving the problem.
His fellow alderman, Richard Dowd, Ward 2, echoed those sentiments.
“This is a gift that is going to save the city money, and I think we have analyzed this to death,” said Dowd, stressing Greeley Park should already be fully accessible.
“There are questions that have not been answered,” agreed Alderman Ken Siegel, Ward 9. An independent study would not stop progress on the playground project, he said.
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