Lukas Bato via Unsplash

I complained to our mayor last year when they took two tennis courts away from us without a vote from the local tennis enthusiasts. This area should never have been designated as a skateboarding area for many reasons.

Firstly, they ruined two newly renovated courts that are specifically for tennis. It is my belief that someone on the Montclair board created a statute for their own kids. If they want a professional skateboarding park, it should be built at one of our many parks and not next to our homes. Secondly, the skaters have been very disrespectful toward the tennis players, yelling profanities, wearing T-shirts that say ‘F— the police,’ and damaging my iPhone that was leaning against the fence. They play loud music and bully the young girls who want to skate. I suggest we get them off of Rand Place and have them use private equity to build a real skateboard park in an appropriate location. Thirdly, we are liable for potential lawsuits when the skateboarders fall and are injured. Why should we be responsible for potential injuries?

Joann Somers

Montclair Local’s Opinion section is an open forum for civil discussion in which we invite readers to discuss town matters, articles published in Montclair, or previously published letters. Views expressed and published in this section are solely those of the writers, and do not represent the views of Montclair Local.

Letters to the editor: To submit a letter to the editor, email, or mail “Letters to the Editor,” 309 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042 (email is preferred). Submissions must include the name, address and phone number of the writer for verification. Only the writer’s name and town of residence will be published. Montclair Local does not publish anonymous opinion pieces.

Letters must be no more than 500 words in length, and must be received by 5 p.m. Monday to be eligible for potential publication in that week’s Thursday print issue. Letters may be edited by Montclair Local for grammar and style. While our goal is to publish most letters we receive, Montclair Local reserves the right to decline publication of a letter for any reason, including but not limited to concerns about unproven or defamatory statements, inappropriate language, topic matter far afield of the particular interests of Montclair residents, or available space.

Town Square: Montclair Local also accepts longer-form opinion essays from residents aiming to generate discussion on topics specific to the community, under our “Town
Square” banner. “Town Square” essays should be no more than 750 words in length, and topics should be submitted to at least seven days prior to publication.