Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Little Bay Park soccer fields need work

Dear Parks Department,

Attached are photos of the Little Bay soccer fields. As you are aware, the CYO uses these fields for soccer programs that benefit the children of the surrounding communities. We have been trying for years to get these fields repaired and or replaced, let alone maintained.

Several years ago the fields were plagued with contaminated soil (placed there by the Parks Department in an attempt to raise the level of the field) which contained dirty diapers, used syringes, as well as other contaminants. Last year, we had to deal with large rocks and pockets of holes all over the fields. Now this! We understand their is money to replace at least one field if not both. In the interim, this is what our community and our children have to deal with. Your assistance in re-mediating this field ASAP would be greatly appreciated. As you are aware soccer season is fast approaching and practices have already been scheduled.

Mind you, this is a soccer field that is scheduled to be used by over 600 community children beginning this week. The wood chips and the tire groves that are over 6 inches deep should not be here.

Thank you,
Alfredo Centola
Malba Gardens Civic Association
Community Activist

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Way to go Al. Thanks for all you do.

Anonymous said...

The parks department has been dumping wood chips on that field for years. On warm damp days you can sometimes see termites swarming all over the fields and birds swooping down to devour them and then crap out the remains on the fields.

Wet muddy pock marked fields, termite infestation, bird crap, geese feces and dog poo. Great place for kids to play.

Why the CYO doesn't raise holy hell over this is a mystery.

Anonymous said...

That's the a Parks Dept's answer to everything. Cover it with wood chips!

Anonymous said...

I can understand - to a point - the lack of available funds. However, 5 years into chasing funds, we still don't have enough?
What is inexcusable, is the incompetence and / or laziness of Parks workers. Three years ago - contaminated soil delivered by NYC Parks containing diapers, needles, etc.
Last year - huge rocks delivered and layed across the field. This year - tractor tracks covered in wood chips to fill them. Who with half a brain thinks that's a god idea?????
Let's say Parks management was unaware, those workers using wood chips should be either fired or re-assigned. And Parks management should be held accountable.
At some point, there's going to be a lawsuit due to someone getting hurt, and that's when people will get off their a$$.

Anonymous said...

Their supervisors are too busy buying coffee and lottery tickets instead of watching over staff. Do they ever get out of their cars/trucks?

Anonymous said...

If not for guys like Al who has been on them about these fields, francis Lewis park, Whitestone farms, FMCP , 5 th avenue, the empty lot on francis Lewis, and soo many other issues in our commity you would think everything was hunky dory.

Thanks Al

Anonymous said...

Where's our Councilman in all this? His children play soccer there too and he should have a vested interest.

Anonymous said...

AL is just a trouble making rabble rouser.
Always pointing out things that are wrong.

Anonymous said...

Btw,Al is going to bring in his personal landscaper to take care of the grounds.Nothing but the best frim Mr.Al.And NO HIPSTERS!

Anonymous said...

Sorry, there just is no money. Its all being earmarked for greater purposes like paying for illegals to go to college and to get free housing.

Anonymous said...

Time to recruit al to run for office.