I am responding to Mr. Robert Barsa’s rebuttal of my husband’s letter on Weehawken Stadium always being locked up and inaccessible to town residents. Our children, who have been removed from the facility numerous times are young adults who are old enough to vote, but are considered too young to work out independently at the stadium.
What is the age requirement in order to utilize the facility unsupervised? The stadium was never locked down or considered to be a risk in the past when it was a mass of dirt, rock and broken glass, but is now off limits since being renovated. If safety and security is truly Mr. Barsa’s main concern, then why doesn’t the town post one of their many security people to check identifications, or even give people the option of signing a waiver releasing the township of all liability in the event of an injury?
Mr. Barsa states that if permission is requested, he will “guarantee to do everything he can” to provide supervision which seems a bit unlikely since town recreation coaches are volunteers and are typically unavailable during normal business hours to supervise people who wish to use the field during weekdays. There are no signs posted at the facility or notifications on the township’s website providing a phone number that residents can call or advising them that scheduling is necessary in order to use the facility. Now that this subject has been made public, hopefully there will be positive changes in protocol for the use of the stadium.