Attend Open House at Riverside Park and voice concerns, wishes

By: 
Curt Lord
Treasurer, Laurel Rod and Gun Club

Is the Riverside Park Open House being swayed by the city? Please make every effort you have to come to the Open House event Monday August 14 from 4-7 p.m. and voice your wishes for the future of Riverside Park. The Laurel Rod and Gun Club has used the east end of the Park since 1923. The club has been shooting trap, hosting meetings, weddings, reunions, conventions, and functions of all sorts, since 1923 and has never had an accident. We have asked that trap shooting and other club activities be allowed to return to Riverside Park. The club has even offered to restore the building at the club’s expense and make it available to the city for free and to the community at very reasonable rates.
Recently a committee was started to look into the wishes of the park. Once again one of our members asked that trap shooting be considered as an option. We recently learned that the firm who is working under contract to the city to facilitate the planning process was told by the city that shooting is no longer an option in Riverside Park. They were told not to design a poster for the open house for this because it is no longer an option. The club has been very beneficial to Laurel and helps with hunter education, gun safety, conservation, community events, outdoor recreation and making the city a better place to live.
The club would hope every citizen would come down to the open house and support continuing shooting and club activities in the park. There should be an “OTHER IDEAS” poster to do this and if not please make sure your voice is heard on this issue. If you cannot make it please send your comments in. We respectfully welcome comments against us also. If we are not wanted there we need to hear that as well. What we do not need is city officials making a choice against us with no reasoning except saying it is a liability reason. If they were so worried about liability, why would they legalize shooting off fireworks for anyone in town before, during, and after the 4th of July? Why would they consider a dog park after reading the Laurel Outlook front page article last week titled ‘Dog issues plague city, burden police?’
Remember, we still believe the city officials, city council, and the mayor are supposed to represent the majority of its citizens and we would hope that any of the above that do not would be fired or relieved from duty.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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