Friday, August 13, 2010
Ridgewood playground is a dump
From the Times Ledger:
For the last two months, Ridgewood residents and mothers Cristina Shonk and Dorota Czyzewska have been trying to get conditions improved at Rosemary’s Playground, a public park between Woodward and Fairview avenues and Woodbine and Madison streets, but they said the city Parks Department has not helped them in their efforts.
“You don’t even know what’s going on here,” Czyzewska said.
Czyzewska, who has lived in the area for five years and has two children — 3-year-old Bruno and 3-month-old Adela — said there are numerous problems at the park, which has a playground for younger children. She said the park has had problems with people who come in and sleep on the benches, smoke pot on the basketball courts or publicly urinate in the park. She said she also found condoms in the raised patch of grass.
Czyzewska said she continues to go to the park because she knows most of the mothers who go there and they are able to help her watch Bruno when she is caring for her baby and also because there are few places for children in her son’s age group to play.
“Young kids, they have nothing to do here,” she said.
I'm really sick of the "kids have nothing to do here" line. You live in NYC. There are programs and activities up the wazoo.
Now as for the other problems, welcome to the 1970s.