From the NY Times:
Illegal dumping on the sloping ground that sits between the park’s fence and Barnett Avenue has long been a problem, and a neglected one.
In March 2008, help seemed on its way when a meeting was held to discuss the problem, attended by representatives from the city’s transportation, sanitation and parks departments.
“There was a lot of talk, a lot of promises,” Mr. Conley said. Among the planned improvements were sewage system repairs, tree planting and eventually a sidewalk.
But a month ago, Mr. Conley and Mr. Staunton were told that the project, set to be completed in 2012, would be postponed for budget reasons. In response, Mr. Staunton increased his e-mailing and phone calls to the mayor’s office. Jennifer Manley, the Queens liaison from the mayor’s office, was able to cobble together some assistance for the area.
Some city agencies will be chipping in later this week, providing maintenance workers and machinery to haul away the heavy appliances that find their way onto the stretch, and to level out the soil enough to create a walkway. And on May 16, residents will clear out the remaining small litter and plant flowers and shrubs along the path.