Not being able to use the bridge over the brook in Edgemont Park is a real hardship for everyone, but especially for people with mobility problems. The brook and the lake divide the park in two, and without the bridge, getting from one side to the other is a problem.

According to the article by Jaime Julia Winters in the July 9 edition of Montclair Local, Councilwoman Robin Schlager said the bridge would not be repaired before the end of the year. This is unacceptable. It has been unusable for months and summer is when people of all abilities want to get out and enjoy the park.

It is nice that Ms. Schlager is advocating for playground safety, but having the bridge in terrible shape all this time, while $250,250 is being spent on playground resurfacing, closing the playground for only two weeks, makes me really angry.

I am very disappointed at this decision — the bridge serves all of us, not just the kids.

Belinda Plutz

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