A new seat reserved specifically for teenagers will allow Hillsborough youth to contribute their voices and perspectives as members of the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board.
The Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board creates master plans for the town’s parks and natural areas, helps determine new park project priorities and makes budget requests to the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners, according to the town’s website. The board is also creating a spot specifically for a person over the age of 55.
The new seat, reserved for those between 13 and 19 years old, was created to help the board hear from groups often underrepresented in its discussions, said Public Space Manager Stephanie Trueblood in a press release.
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“If you look at the existing parks in Hillsborough, we have a riverwalk that appeals to everyone, but our parks are mostly for families with young children," said Trueblood. "There’s not really any outdoor public spaces that are dedicated for older kids and teenagers."
For many years, Trueblood said, the parks and recreation board found it difficult to get teenagers and preteens to voice their input over a long period of time.