Residents voice opposition to proposed recreation area

Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 08:42 PM.

Guillermo Garcia, another soccer parent, said his son’s team uses a tennis court to play since there was no other place.

"We need it. We need something for our kids, not only for soccer but for football," Garcia said.

Deneen Wright, a Havelock Youth Lacrosse parent, said she was in support of the city’s park plan.

"We need more places for young people to participate in sports," Wright said, pointing out that the lacrosse league had grown to more than 150 children and there wasn’t enough room.

"The high school kids that won the state football championship last week, those kids started in Pop Warner behind the rec center. We have to take care of our kids," she said.

Commissioners did not take action on the proposal but did agree to discuss the park during its Jan. 14 workshop.

In other action Monday night, the board voted to replace Marlowe and Company, the lobbying firm it had used for the last four years, with another lobbying firm, Franklin Partnership, which it hired for $45,000 for 12 months to work in the nation’s capital in support of the city.

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