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I would like to start by thanking the volunteers at Lake Lenape that made the live streaming possible for us parents, family and friends who are not able to be there as spectators. I do have to agree wholeheartedly with Theresa Zimmerman‘s comments. There at any given time even if a food tent was set up and running at full capacity you would still not have that many parents/spectators per athlete all at the same time. Spectators simply come to the lake Lenape Eastside park to watch their rower and when the race is completed they leave. These rowers spend six days a week training for these races and work very hard to be successful in these races. To not be allowed to visit a public park that has no affiliation with any activities on race day is outlandish. The fact that the governor of our state is significantly increasing the size of outdoor gatherings daily currently to 500 people but yet we are told we are ‘not allowed’ to watch a race that takes all of a few minutes is ridiculous. My son said to me the best Mother’s Day gift he could give to me would be winning a medal. It truly saddens me that I can’t be there to watch my sons boat cross the finish line. I hope the group of people who made the decision to allow no spectators think hard about their decision and perhaps revisit their decision for the last race, the championship race.
While I very much appreciate all the volunteers that make these races happen, I’d like to add some missing facts from this article. 400 kids’ parents do not come at 8am and stay to see the last races at 12 noon. They see their child cross the finish line, and leave. There are no food tents or picnics so people will not stay and crowd the park. There would never be that many people watching at a given time this year. Also the “no spectators” policy is being forced on an open public park, the East Side, not reserved for the event in ordinance, written agreement or with fee paid. They are using the athletes, threatening disqualification or suspension if their parents come to open East side and get caught “spectating” , but anyone in the general public can rent the pavilion and throw a birthday party for their family with 50+ people, they just can’t be the parent of a rower I guess. These facts are missing from the article. This venue allows for plenty of social distancing ... these restrictions for Counties, considering the lessening of the state protocols, are egregious. The booster leads implored the SNJSRA leaders before the March 28th race to allow for different messaging and to let them help with CoVid mitigation on the open-to-public east side, to reinforce mask use on east side and encourage parents to leave the park after their child races. We were dismissed and not even considered.
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