Centola said the town will pay particular attention to the park in the months after the upgrade.
“Like any new facility, we will have to monitor it and see what the flaws are, especially during the first year,” Centola said. “Aesthetically, this park will be beautiful. It might be noisier, but it will also help with your property values.”
Alice Lederman, 79, stood up at the meeting to defend the park’s renovations.
“I’ve been a resident here all my life — I live across the street and always brag about how this park has no problems or trouble,” she said. “This is what kids want today. They want hockey, and I’m the first to say that we should give it to them.”
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