From the Daily News:
As part of a drastic bid to plug a $9 billion budget deficit, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has chosen Bayswater as one of two state parks slated for closure.
If the budget, due April 1, is approved, this would be the first time in history a state park has been shuttered other than for seasonal closures, said agency spokesman Dan Keefe.
The closure would leave many city reel-casters without a fishing hole. It has also infuriated elected officials and advocates who note that the savings from the closure would be a measly $5,500 a year.
"In times like these we need our parks more than ever," said Geoffrey Croft, president of NYC Park Advocates.
The recession has forced many people to scale back on vacations, and families are instead relying on nearby public spaces for escape.
Jonathan Gaska, district manager of Community Board 14, called the closure "almost punitive."
"That's less than a rounding error," Gaska said of the $5,500 figure compared with the 10-figure deficit. "At that rate, you would have to close 20,000 parks this size."
But state officials said every penny adds up.
I'm sure the fact that it's located in a not-wealthy black neighborhood has nothing to do with the decision. Since they only put $5,500 into maintenance of this site to begin with shows you how much they care about it.