Model Rocket Launch site:"Turkey Brook"?
Seems to me that public parks r for everyone, including "Rocketeers". As president of a model rocket club, I feel we're not getting a fair shake in the use of Turkey Brook Park. Model rocketry has been a safe and enjoyable hobby for over 50 years!! Now with the end of the shuttle program, rocket hobbyists are going to continue having a hard time finding spaces to enjoy their hobby and promote it! I feel its a real shame all the soccer heads and baseball nuts have a "LOCK" on MUNICIPAL FIELDS! THESE FIELD ARE SUPPOSE TO BE AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE! Keeping us hidden on a back field, in the middle of no where is not doing anyone any good. I would love to hear commentary, if u dare respond.
As a former "All-star" little league pitcher, I'm not knocking sports, just saying when I was kid, you could fly a kite, a rocket, ride your bike in a "PUBLIC PARK" and NO ONE thought twice about it!
This is a quote from the editor of the "Rocket Hobo Gazette" 2011,Manuel Mejia: "Low power rockets can be flown safely in places like public parks, where people are often present. Low power rockets are also less costly to build and more accessable to the average commoner.
Hiding out in the bush to launch a large rocket is not a method of "paying forward". Flying smaller rockets in public places is."
I just have one more comment. Where do you think our future scientists, teachers, etc., are going to come from? The soccer or baseball field? I don't think so.
Turkey Brook is sad. The fields are awful. I don't see how a soccer team can play on some of the fields. So true, the clubs are taking over the PUBLIC parks. I can't even go kick a ball around with my kid because the fields are either closed or used by a club. Do the clubs pay taxes? Do the clubs pay for upkeep? They charge players to play but I don't think much of that coin comes back to the town. I actually went to the field next to the dog park to fire off some rockets a couple of months ago. Made the doggies bark! :-)
Good for you! At least someone other than the "sports clubs" is getting some use from the fields. I know we're not!
It's very unfortunate but, there's been little interest in model rocketry in Morris County. The leader of the model rocket club, Jim, has stepped down and I have taken over. We not only don't launch here any more but, our meetings have moved too. We no longer meet @ the library in Mt Olive. We meet @ the NE branch, Warren Cty library, Hackettstown, 1st Sat each month 10am. So if u have an interest in model rocketry, join us. Glenn President of NAR sec 712 "Radical Rocketeers."
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