Don’t sacrifice the Rand Park tennis courts for skateboarding (Letter to the editor)
I’m writing to express my concerns regarding the future of the Rand Park tennis courts.
My wife and I regularly play tennis at the tennis courts across from the Rand School. Two of the four courts have already been converted to a skateboard, park and we understand the township is considering converting the remaining two tennis courts to expand the skateboard park.
We hope that the township reconsiders. Those tennis courts are the only public courts in our part of town and are a valuable recreational option for a large portion of the area’s residents.
While I’m not opposed to the skateboard park, I think the town should preserve the remaining tennis courts or mitigate the expansion of the skateboard park by building new courts nearby to preserve tennis as a recreational option in our part of town.
It is not a question of which activity is more popular. We need more, not less recreational options to improve the health and wellbeing of Montclair’s residents.
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