Randall's Island - June 27, 2009. Park users are kept behind metal barricades guarded by Bloomberg LP security this past weekend. Since 1997, his company has rented dozens of acres of public park land each Summer for weeks to host his lavish private corporate picnic for thousands of employees. The company pays the Randall's Island Sports Foundation (RISP) - a public/private group which the city allows to manage the island - $70,000 annually for the rental. Bloomberg was a long time RISF board member until he quit the board shortly before his mayoral run. An executive of his company reportedly still remains on the board however. Besides the annual rental fee Bloomberg continues to give annually to RISF including reportedly paying the salary of a gardener.
A Bronx couple attempt to gain park access but are denied by a Bloomberg LP security guard. The couple were in the park to attend a birthday party for their nephew.
Photos by Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates