Astoria Park houses the largest pool in the city, and residents say with more people, comes more trash.
“Every year, once the pool opens, the trash gets out of control, and it’s been going on for years and years,” said resident Debbie Riga. “There are not enough garbage cans in the park to accommodate the number of people who come.”
For years, Riga repeatedly asked the city to place trash barrels along 19th Street between 24th Road and 23rd Avenue.
“Sanitation’s saying it’s a Parks [Department] issue; Parks is saying it’s a Sanitation Department issue,” Riga said.
Frustrated by the response, Riga decided to take matters into her own hands – at her own expense and time.
“We really don’t care what agency it comes from, we just want a clean neighborhood,” she said. “I just started putting garbage bags up this year, and you can see the difference. It’s much cleaner. It’s not rocket science, people use the bags if they’re there.
NY1 reached out to the Department of Parks and Recreation, which released the following statement:
“The Astoria Park Pool is extremely popular and has had almost 110,000 visitors since the pools opened at the end of June. The Parks Department sends crews to pick up the trash in the mornings and afternoons. More trash barrels will be added this week.”
Isn't it sad that you have to call a TV station in order to get even simple things done in this town?