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Nashua aldermen vote to build playground on the east side of Greeley Park

NASHUA – City aldermen tossed around the Legacy Playground issue once again Tuesday night, but this time, they ended the roughly one-hour discussion with an 8-6 vote in favor of putting the playground on the east side of Greeley Park.

The positives and negatives of the spot, to which an independent study gave the highest marks of seven finalist sites earlier this month, have been debated at several meetings of the Board of Aldermen and its Finance and Infrastructure committees. ...

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NASHUA – City aldermen tossed around the Legacy Playground issue once again Tuesday night, but this time, they ended the roughly one-hour discussion with an 8-6 vote in favor of putting the playground on the east side of Greeley Park.

The positives and negatives of the spot, to which an independent study gave the highest marks of seven finalist sites earlier this month, have been debated at several meetings of the Board of Aldermen and its Finance and Infrastructure committees.

In a related matter, the board approved a second resolution that allows the city and the project’s creator, Leadership Greater Nashua, to bring on board a member of the Boston-based Institute of Human Centered Design to take part in the playground’s design process.

Alderman-at-Large Dan Moriarty was the sole dissenting vote on that resolution, which was a voice vote.

Ward 7 Alderman June Caron wasn’t present Tuesday night, nor was Mayor Donnalee Lozeau.

During the discussion, Ward 3 Alderman David Schoneman, in whose ward Greeley Park lies, voted against the site measure, which is in line with his vote at the June 18 Committee on Infrastructure meeting to not recommend the resolution to the full Board of Aldermen.

He said he harbors reservations with the project going forward at the east side site, citing that the city has no master plan addressing Greeley park’s future.

He said that while he didn’t feel comfortable voting in favor of the site, neither did he “want to stand in the way of final passage.”

Joining Schoneman in dissent were Moriarty, Alderman-at-Large Jim Donchess, Ward 6 Alderman Paul Chasse, Ward 1 Alderman Sean McGuinness and Ward 5 Alderman Mike Soucy.

A pair of amendments were floated during discussion on the second resolution, which brings in the design consultant, one of which centered around possible signs or plaques.

“Let’s just build the thing and do the signage later,” Chasse eventually suggested, prompting a vote that defeated the amendment by an 8-6 count.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).