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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-12-2018

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 12-18, 2018 WOONSOCKET 9 ers to use the equipment at the same time. Brenda Galvin, a city parent and park advocate who said she's known Kirwan since their chil- dren attended elementary school together, pointed out that BMX riders have been using the park regularly since August and have not run into issues with city officials or other park users until now. "I was upset because more than half of the kids are on bicycles, and if you look at the videos of the groundbreaking and everything, there's at least 20 kids sitting there on bicycles," she said. "So to take it away now, after however many months it's been open, it's just ridic- ulous." Galvin also expressed frustration that city officials never invested funds or applied for grants to pur- chase new equipment to supplement the donated equipment at the park, a long-term solution she and other park advocates claim was promised to them at the groundbreaking cer- emony last year. "It's a sport just like any other. Not every kid is into your regular sports like basketball, football, soc- cer," she said. "The city needs to do more for the kids. All children, not just one in particular." On Friday, Galvin created an online petition on change.org shar- ing Kirwan's message regarding her shop and calling on city officials to upgrade the park. The petition quickly went viral, with residents of the city and the larger skating com- munity reaching out to express their support for the park. As of press time on Tuesday, 1,071 people had signed the petition and Kirwan's original Facebook post had been shared 559 times. Reached by phone on Monday, Kirwan said she is uncertain whether the shop will close after all given the outpouring of support, but remains frustrated at the new regulations that she says will alien- ate 85 percent of the park's users. After a tense standoff with police on Thursday during which she unbolted the sign stating the new park regulations before putting it back up, she said police have been making regular patrols of the area and asking BMX riders to leave the park. Captain Michael Lemoine of the Woonsocket Police Department confirmed the department was noti- fied of the policy change and began enforcing it last week, though he said the department does not intend to maintain a regular police pres- ence at the park. "We don't have an officer sitting there making sure nobody with a bicycle is there, but if an officer patrolling drives by and sees some- body on a BMX bike in the park, of course we expect him to do his job and ask somebody to leave," he said. Though D'Agostino said the city has no intention of closing the park, supporters continue to express concerns online about the park's future under its new regulations. Its patrons, meanwhile, are furi- ous with the rules and in a state of panic, according to Kirwan. "They're tremendously upset and feel betrayed," she said of the city's young BMX bikers. From preceding page BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM A sign posted last week specifies that "bicycles, scooters, go-peds, and mota- rized vehicles are prohibited in the skate park." INSURING YOUR PET As advances in veterinary medicine introduce pets to treatments that were once only available to humans, the cost of caring for pets' health has risen considerably. To stem these costs, increasing numbers of pet owners are purchasing pet insurance. The North American Pet Health Insurance Association reports that about 1.6 million U.S. pets currently have health insurance policies. 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