Friday, June 6, 2008

Benepe responds to Reservoir Op-Ed

June 3, 2008
Plans for a Park in Queens

To the Editor:

Re “A Wilderness, Lost in the City,” by William C. Thompson Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Op-Ed, May 29):

One of the key goals of PlaNYC, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s far-reaching plan to fight global warming and create a more livable city, is to ensure that every New Yorker lives within a 10-minute walk of a park or open space.

Highland Park in Queens is one of eight large underdeveloped parks where we are expanding access to help achieve this goal.

As with all of these projects, the city holds listening sessions with community residents to incorporate their input into the design. Many options have been discussed, including one with athletic fields in a small area of the 50-acre Ridgewood Reservoir, an area that is composed primarily of invasive trees and vines that threaten the park’s ecological balance.

As we begin the design process, we look forward to continued collaboration with the community and with all interested New Yorkers in order to build the best possible park.

Adrian Benepe, Commissioner
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation


Save Ridgewood Reservoir analyzed this recycled statement:

The listening sessions were reported here and here. Any discussions about designs that involved breaching the reservoir's retaining wall to install active recreation were one-sided. The parks department came up with the ideas, not the communities.

Highland Park and the Ridgewood Reservoir fall within Queens Community Board 5 and Brooklyn Community Board 5. Both boards recently voted to opposed development within the basins and support the mission of the Highland Park/Ridgewood Reservoir Alliance.

1 comment:

Taxpayer said...

"One of the key goals of PlaNYC, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s far-reaching plan to fight global warming and create a more livable city, is to ensure that every New Yorker lives within a 10-minute walk of a park or open space." So writes Benepe.

One of the key components of "PlaNYC" is the persistent lying. If, indeed, there were any intention of having every New Yorker live within a 10-minute walk of a park or open space, then in Maspeth, (a thriving part of New York - something the Commissar and this poor writer Benepe need to know) there would now be a park, completed or well underway, on the site of Saint Saviour's Church, which itself would be there, fully preserved and restored for use as a community center/museum.

"Highland Park in Queens is one of eight large underdeveloped parks where we are expanding access to help achieve this goal." So writes Benepe again.

Again, the lying. Highland park is not underdeveloped. It has been neglected. Deliberately. During the entire Benepe Commissar administration. What Benepe and his master want to do - over the objections voiced by the USERS of both the Reservoir and Highland Park - is to DESTROY a rare and spectacularly beautiful piece of land in NY.

Destroying the trees and replacing the trees with concrete and deadly artificial turf to accommodate athletics when just within yards of that very to-be-destroyed reservoir is Highland Park with massive acreage of long neglected accommodations for athletics.

All for what purpose? What is the actual motivation for the refusal to provide a park for Maspeth taxpayers, and then to destroy the Ridgewood Reservoir, and continue the neglect of the very accommodations in Highland Park claimed for the Ridgewood Reservoir?

Since all this is in defiant opposition to the repeatedly stated requirements of the taxpayers involved, the conclusions regarding motive are obvious to all.