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Melrose Park Commission Meeting
Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10th, 2014, at 7:00 pm at the Mount Hood Clubhouse.
Alcoholic Beverages Sold From Snack Carts at Mount Hood Golf Course
The following is a letter I recent sent to the Park Commissioners and Mayor Dolan concerning a recent discussion at the November 2013 Park Commission meeting.
As an Association consisting of over 50 families whose member live adjacent to or near Mount Hood, we are not in favor of roving carts selling alcoholic beverages on the golf course. The subject of these beverage carts has surfaced several times in the past, most recently in 2009 and 2011, and the public has shown up at PC meetings strongly opposed to the selling of alcoholic beverages.
In previous discussions on selling of alcoholic beverages on the greens, the Association has been adamantly opposed to such practices for the reasons noted below. Nothing has changed since then that warrants serious consideration of selling alcoholic beverages from roving carts on the golf course.
- Unlike the other 8 private golf courses operated by GMC in New Hampshire, the Mount Hood course is municipally owned, situated at the top of a hill, with no dedicated roadway, and is accessed through heavily and densely populated neighborhoods, with children and people routinely walking and playing in these areas.
- Unlike other private golf courses operated by GMC, the golf course at Mount Hood is a mixed use facility with a children’s tot lot, a public park, with hiking and biking areas, and scenic viewing areas, integrated within the golf course space.
- Unlike other private course operated by GMC, the Mount Hood golf course is the only one where many residential homes are directly adjacent to the greens and fairways.
Given the alcohol drinking issues which continue to plaque our city with frequent teenage and adult drinking parties disrupting the peaceful existence of the neighborhoods, it would be a poor example to set for the youth and adults to suddenly allow alcoholic consumption on public land while people engage in the sport of golf.
Also, we believe that those who live in the adjacent neighborhoods should not be potentially exposed to the added dangers associated with alcoholic consumption and which could negatively impact our children, the elderly and those who use the park for recreational purposes.
Therefore, we ask the Park Commissioners, as well as Mayor Dolan, to reject this request for beverage carts and refuse to allow open alcoholic consumption on public recreational, city-owned land.
Myron F. Dittmer, Jr.
Mount Hood Park Association
Mt. Hood Park Association Sponsored Home for the Holiday Event– Children’s Holiday Party at Mount Hood – Sunday, Dec. 8th
On Sunday, December 10th, the Mt. Hood Park Association held its annual free Children’s Holiday Party at the Mount Hood clubhouse in the rustic setting of Mount Hood Memorial Park and Golf Course. In the festively decorated clubhouse, a large turnout of adults and children enjoyed live musical entertainment, sing-alongs, and the balloon magic of Yarrow, as well as a visit from Santa Claus.
Refreshments were provided by the Association while donuts and bagels were donated by Lisa Kennedy of Honey Dew Donuts, Main Street, Melrose. Special thanks are also extended to Golf Management Co, LLC for the use of the hall and decorations and their Food and Beverage Manager, Laura Farrell.
Mt. Hood Park Association Sponsors its First Senior Day at Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course!
The first senior-only event was recently held at Mount Hood in the clubhouse with over 20 seniors attending the event. This event was four months in the making by the Association and was the result of senior surveys conducted at a number of senior housing facilities to determine their level of interest in visiting Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course. Based on the overwhelming interest of seniors recorded in these surveys, the Mt. Hood Park Association, with the support of Melrose’s Park Commission and Park Department, held the event on Tuesday, October 29th.
The festivities began with a lecture by local amateur birder and a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Fells organization, Dana Jewell. Dana provided attendees with recommendations on clothing and equipment needed when hiking and birding at Mount Hood. He also discussed the many different varieties of birds that frequent Mount Hood and spoke about their habits, activities, and migrations during each month of the year. Dana’s wife, Inge, also spoke about how they have been able to document the presence of over 146 species of birds at Mount Hood over the past 20 years!
After the lecture a lunch was served after which Myron Dittmer, president of the Association provided a slide presentation on the history and development of the park and golf course beginning in the 1930’s as well as winter and summer activities held at the park over the years. He also discussed the many different types of animals and plants commonly found at Mount Hood.
Following this presentation, attendees drove up to Slayton Tower, the highest point in the park, to view the foliage and experience the panoramic view of the area including the mountains of New Hampshire, Revere Beach, and the Boston skyline. Based on the success this event, it is expected that additional events will be scheduled next year.
The Association would like to thank the following organizations which provided assistance in making this event so successful - Council on Aging, Melrose Park Commission, Melrose Park Department, Melrose Recreation Department and the Golf Management Company. Also special thanks go out to the following companies who provided refreshments for the event - Sysco Foods, US Foods, and Honey Dew Donuts of Melrose.
Our founder, Ralph Sarni, past away on August 28th, in his 95th year of life. Ralph and his family have been residents of Melrose for over 60 years. Ralph has been an American patriot, a philanthropist, and a citizen activist, whose personal efforts have saved Mount Hood from further commercial development twice over the past 40 years. We have Ralph to thank for his vision in keeping the "Green Jewel" of Melrose available for all to enjoy for generations to come.
The Association, and Melrose citizens, as well as all residents and users of Mount Hood, wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Sarni family.
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