(Ed.'s Note: The following letter was sent to the Town Council and reprinted here at the writer's request.)
The homeowners of Crestwood Road, Woodlawn, Bogart , Orchard Farm and Summit Road all have their own privacy and security fences at their backyards facing "Harbor Links." There is no need for the town to waste hundreds of thousands of dollars to build an additional eight foot security fence parallel with their already existing fences, even if some of those residents think that's a good way to squander some of the Town of N.H. residents' hard earned tax money to benefit a privileged few. (Some of these homeowners have their own private gates onto the town park property and encroach on the property with bushes, vegetable gardens, trash and rubbish, etc.)
Better yet, to do as promised and use the money to erect a split-rail or iron stanchion and post safety fence as suggested on enclosed photos, and develop the Morewood-Harbor Ridge Nature and Hiking Trail, as envisioned on the enclosed composite photos, taken by me on May 12 (and as envisioned in the town's original plan).
To deny to the residents of the town the opportunity to take recreational and inspirational health-hikes on trails through the park land that their taxes purchased and developed would be a sin, non-feasance in office, and anyone acting along those lines can kiss their political futures bye-bye. Save the trails! Build them!
Maintaining the trails would be a wholesome project for several organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, PYA, PAL, the Residents for More Beautiful Port Washington, Kiwanis, Elks, Lions, etc.
Patroling them, when necessary, would be a pleasure for the Port Washington police officers. Who wouldn't enjoy such healthy and wholesome duty? Signs would prohibit sleigh riding or trespassing on the slopes. Trails could be closed at sunset, and/or open only on weekends, holidays and in summer when school is out.
There is ample parking at Salem School, and if it is reopened as a school (not presently used), hiking could be limited to days when there is no school. Trails would have to be closed on Decoration Day Fireworks Display Friday (as Beacon Hill and Crestwood areas have been closed to outside traffic in recent years) because of the luscious view of pyrotechnics which would otherwise attract thousands.
If some residents along Crestwood, Woodlawn, Bogart, Orchard Farm and Summit object to giving the 200,000 residents of the town their right to enjoy hiking in their own park, they do so only out of spite (a Cardinal sin) and their claim of "insecurity" is an attempt to cover up their own selfish attitude and is nothing more than balderdash.
These homeowners have all enjoyed, at the expense of their T.N.H. fellow citizens, an increase of $10,000-$25,000 or more in the value of their properties, as a result of Harbor Links development and the beautiful backyard vistas which have been created.
Save the trails! Build them! Do the right thing for the people who paid for this development and who voted you into office.