How serious is town about Dickey?Park?

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So, Coun. George Baker has plans for Dickey Park and is going to ask the residents for input in the near future. What a great idea. This means that the people of our community will get a chance to voice their opinion and effect change, or will they?

To the Editor,

So, Coun. George Baker has plans for Dickey Park and is going to ask the residents for input in the near future. What a great idea. This means that the people of our community will get a chance to voice their opinion and effect change, or will they?
Is he really open to changing his mind or is this simply a matter of blowing smoke in the residents eyes? I attended a meeting, that was called by the town, for service clubs, to have input into what the park should become.
I attended on behalf of the Lions Club and another lady attended as a representative of a seniors group. Unfortunately, we were the only clubs to express interest.
I, of course, advocated that we look into building a sports complex and Baker, at this time, stated that the town could not finance this alone and there was no hope of provincial or federal money.
I accepted this, but since the federal and provincial governments are now wanting to cost share on infrastructures I am again on my bandwagon.
But I digress. The lady from the seniors group suggested that the park have a couple of acres of segregated land for senior to picnic and walk, without having to be concerned with being bowled over by large dogs or rambunctious children.
I also endorsed this. Baker had a number of suggestions and from reading the proposals he put forth in the Amherst Daily News they have not changed. So is your mind made up George, or are you really ready to listen to the citizens of this town?
Walter Jones, Amherst
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  • Patti
    January 18, 2010 - 11:10

    First of all - when you start segregating areas it seems a bit backwards - how do you propose to keep somebody with a child from walking over to the 'senior's section' and don't seniors have dogs that they might like to walk? A park is for EVERYBODY and if you want to be anti-family and anti-youth, this will end up being a retirement town and then see how much business we attract and how much we grow as a community. The youth of this town have gone without for far too long - they have not been a priority for past councils and it's looking like it's not a priority for this one either. So, let's segregate parks, let's not attract young families, let's keep our kids skateboarding on sidewalks and vacant parking lots and let's close the pool...Wecome to Amherst!!!

  • Robert
    January 18, 2010 - 11:08

    Jones hit the nail on the head. Make that area a place for all these aging boomers to go. if we create a skate park or anything else for young people it will only cause more families to come which will mean a rise in crime.

  • Tim
    January 18, 2010 - 10:38

    A section for skateboarders might be a good idea also, that way they don't have to use the curbs at the post office or the ones in the parking lot out behind the legion

  • Mom
    January 18, 2010 - 10:36

    I would agree that a water park like the one Moncton has at their centenial park would be perfect... I to take my kids to Moncton in the summer to use the water park. It would mean less traveling and spending less on gas to stay in town for the kids sake. Please think of the children of this town when making a decision on the park and the ymca pool.

  • Debra-Dawn
    January 18, 2010 - 10:35

    I think that the park should be a place for all ...

    stop dividing the ages...

    a skate park, a walking trail/jogging, and a water play area would all fit nicely and bring the community closer...

    A smaller version of what Moncton has at their centenial park would be perfect...

    I drive to Moncton in the summer for the water park and all year round for the farmers markets...

    Now if we could get a SATURDAY farmers market i wouldnt go to Moncton for such things...

    BTW families doesnt = crime...

    families having a place to go where everyone can enjoy the space means closer happy families....

    :)

  • Bizarro
    January 18, 2010 - 10:30

    Someone just do something with it. It doesn't matter what we do, it will get critized by the positve thinkers in this community anyway...