Just wanted to let you in on a planned, and practically approved, Parks Department project in Bowne Park.
It seems that the Parks people and community board 7 are approving the addition of a second bocce court in Bowne Park at an estimate cost of.....ONE MILLION DOLLARS!
That's right ONE MILLION! A one and six zeros.
This court will serve one constituency of North Flushing and that is the local Bocce players. These players ignore the park closing time of 9 PM and play their games until 2 - 3 AM while using lights hooked up to a light pole for their night games. They are constantly smoking (Yeah, that is a small complaint but the courts are right by a kids playground and the smoke constantly wafts over the playground) which is against city laws. They are gambling BIG TIME on games. They are also sitting on chairs at card and picnic tables they bring into the park and leave there for their gambling purposes. The local players refuse to let anyone other than their friends play on the courts. And lastly, one of the players was involved in the Mr. Softee drug bust at the park several years ago.
A hearing will be held on Monday, Feb. 13th, at Community Board 7 which is located at 133-32 41st Road by Union St.
If possible, you might want to publicize this atrocious use of tax payer money on a single bocce court. I mean, a million bucks is more than 99% of the houses in North Flushing and its surrounds sell for.
Photo from Queens Tribune