Thursday, May 16, 2013
Willow Lake a festering craphole
For 15+ years, the willow lake trail, and 55 acres of parkland right in the middle of Forest Hills, has been closed to the public. This parkland is located at the very southern end of Flushing Meadow Corona Park. It has been closed for so long, most people have forgotten it even exists - which is the only reason there hasn't been any substantial press about it in years. The only money spent on it has been for new gates that are never opened and designed exclusively to keep citizens out. Why? What are corrupt Queens politicians hiding?
We took it upon ourselves to take a look. What we found is a truly disturbing situation: a huge parcel of parkland that looks more like a toxic wasteland in the Jersey Meadowlands than a proper city park in NYC. Portions of the existing trail through this parkland are flooded out, and only passable via makeshift bridges constructed of pallets and sticks. One actual bridge was burned out in the late 90s and never repaired. This elevated level of neglect would never, ever be allowed to happen in Central Park. Money that was allegedly allocated to fix up this park appears to either have never been budgeted or disappeared into someone's pockets.
Read my report. I'm sure you'll find a very solid story here, potentially froth with potential scandal. The only thing it's missing are quotes from politicians and the parks department - frankly I was too disgusted by what I saw to want to bother contacting either and listen to more lies and excuses.