From the Times Ledger:
Crime is an issue in all city parks, but College Point Park has long seen a relatively low rate of incidents.
That seems to have changed in recent months, as complaints by area community members and business owners have risen about issues including drug dealing, loitering, public drinking and fighting at the park located at College Point Boulevard and 14th Avenue.
So Monday afternoon in College Point, about a dozen community leaders, area residents, business owners, police officers from the 109th Precinct, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) gathered for a meeting in the park to discuss ways to address the recent rise in criminal activity there.
“Some of the local business owners had expressed concerns with recent upticks in crimes in the park — there was drinking in public there, there was drug dealing,” Steve Stites, a spokesman for Halloran, said. “They brought their concerns to Halloran, Padavan and the 109th and the meeting yesterday was to take the temperature of everything, discuss everything and see how they can move forward and make the park safer.”
The consensus was that the park would do well to have a fence around it, as many parks across the city do, and to have an official open and close time, which would enable police officers to arrest individuals who are in the park after-hours.
Halloran plans to take the lead and work with the city Parks Department to get the fence and signs indicating a closing time of 9 p.m. installed.
First he should take the lead on buying himself some long pants...