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Letter: Mud course wrong for Old Bethpage

Participants take part in the Tough Mudder endurance

Participants take part in the Tough Mudder endurance event at Dalkeith Country Estate on Aug. 24, 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jeff Mitchell

I was unhappy to learn of this weekend's Tough Mudder events at Old Bethpage Village Restoration ["Mud, sweat, fears," News, July 31]. Although I have nothing against Tough Mudder, as the concept appears to be popular and interesting, or the large revenue it will generate for the county, the village is definitely not the proper site for this type of event.

The purpose of the village is to teach about Long Island's agricultural and cultural heritage. It's beloved by local residents, preservationists and history buffs for that reason. It's not a park or playground.

In addition, the beautiful grounds of the village may be seriously damaged during this event, and there may not be a quick fix. There is the remote possibility of damaging the historic buildings and collections.

As a history teacher, I hold a deep appreciation for the village. I've volunteered there as an interpreter, and I would hate to see the wonderful historical and natural splendor damaged.

The village needs repair, new roofs and painting. Nassau County will receive money from this event. Is the county going to at least give the museum some appropriate funds?

This is a museum, and Nassau County needs to have an epiphany and start treating it as such.

Matthew Bursig, New Hyde Park


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