Thursday, September 01, 2005

It could happen to you!

If you think what is happening to our parks here in the Bronx could never happen to you because you live in Queens or Brooklyn or Manhattan, you need a reality check.

This is the first time (correct me if I am wrong by clicking the word 'comments' below) that the city has alienated public park land for a reason which doesn't directly affect the public. They alienated Van Cortland Park to build a water filtration plant. But when they finish they will restore the golfcourse above it. They have taken other parks temporarily to construct public facilities which were equally essential. And they allowed the construction of the US Open in Flushing Meadows. But the US Open is a not for profit which paid for its facilities and actually provides the city with a nice income.

But by giving the Yankees our park so that they can build a subsidized stadium which the Yankees will then own is unacceptable. And it sets a dangerous precedent for the taking of parkland by private for-profit enterprise. Can you say corporate welfare?


At 5:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your information. I firmly believe that there are more appropriate locations for a new Yankee Stadium within the same community that spares public park space. Bronx Community Board 4 averages over 1,400 people per acre of mapped parkland surpassing the federal government's standard for open space within an urban community. Their standard is no more than 1,000 people per acre. Given this, why are the Yankees so intent on taking our park for their new shrine to The Boss. I also question why no public notice about the State's action allowing our park to be used for the new Stadium was approved. Our community must not be idle about this matter-and should remain vigilent throughout the upcoming months when public input will be solicited. Contact Bronx Community Board # 4 by calling 718-299-0800 to find out when their review will be scheduled.


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