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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

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