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Letter to the Editor: 'Voices Can Be Heard and Changes Can Be Made'

Hamilton resident Nancy Littlehale says her voice was heard at Hamilton Town Meeting and urges support for the effort to raise money to buy new playground equipment at Patton Park.

To the Editor:

I recently attended the in support of my friends' enthusiastic Playground initiative and to vote in favor of the town of Hamilton to allocate existing funds towards the building of a new playground.

My friends, Emily Sumner and Holly Regan, have been volunteering their time to improve the playground at Patton Park, a beautiful park at the epicenter of our town. They have created a thoughtful and thorough campaign of what the playground at Patton Park could be - complete with age appropriate play structures, safe surfaces, picnic tables, benches, and gardens. These improvements will create a destination for everyone - not just children - in our community to enjoy all the while, raising the majority of the funds from private and corporate donations.

The Patton Park playground initiative has gotten very positive support from Hamilton Town Manager Michael Lombardo, the Hamilton Board of Selectmen as well as the new director of the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department Sean Timmons. Town Meeting's vote to approve a $5,000 appropriation for this playground was approved.

It’s been six years since we’ve moved to Hamilton and this was my first time attending a Town Meeting. With young children, the demands of a busy life have gotten in the way and I figured I’d just make it to the next one. Plus, would my opinion really matter anyway? Now, I believe it does.

After speaking at the meeting in favor of the new playground (something that our town desperately needs), I realized that seeing democracy in action is inspiring; voices can be heard and changes can be made.

I hope everyone can take a few hours out of their hectic lives and experience what I did and attend a town meeting. There will be an issue – no matter how big or small - that will affect your life in this community in some way.  I also would like to ask you all to consider donating to this cause - the Patton Park Playground initiative. The money that was allocated from Town Meeting is only 5 percent of the total amount needed.

Tax-deductible donations can be made to Town of Hamilton (specifying Friends of Patton Park on your check’s memo line) and sent to , Finance Dept, 577 Bay Road, Hamilton, MA 01982.

Further inquiries can be emailed to friendsofpattonpark@yahoo.com.

Thank you,

Nancy Littlehale

Bridge Street

Hamilton

Michelle Bailey November 06, 2011 at 01:35 PM
So true Nancy, every voice and vote counts at Town Meeting. On Tuesday night, Wenham will have a Special Town Meeting to decide important issues, like continued use of the fields at the Iron Rail for youth soccer and holding our town meeting in April. I hope lots of first time residents will come out, Tues at 7:30pm at the Buker School. The Patton Park Playground is a great idea. Kudos to all involved for getting the ball rolling.
Tyson Goodridge November 07, 2011 at 04:02 AM
Nance- nice work -congrats on everything you've done so far. Kudos to Holly and Emily as well!
Tracy November 09, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Just made my donation to this wonderful project -- I think we'd all like to see an even more beautiful Patton Park. Thanks to this great group for all their hard work.
Anne November 09, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Patton Park is a treasure and it is so wonderful to hear that it is going to be improved. We need a playground to rival all others and our family will certainly contribute to make that so. Congratulations and many thanks to all who are working in this direction!

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