The Department of Environmental Protection finally gave in to Maspeth residents on Monday after months of calls for the agency to allow the construction of a sports field on a meadow next to a proposed aeration facility along Newtown Creek.
At a hearing of the City Council’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting and Maritime Uses on Monday, DEP Associate Commissioner for the Bureau of Public Affairs Eric Landau said the agency is willing to compromise with the Ridgewood-based Blau Weiss Gottschee soccer group over the space.
“DEP is willing to further entertain the idea of entering into a memorandum of understanding with the community organization that will be responsible for building and maintaining the space for athletic purposes,” Landau said.
The soccer club will be responsible for the costs pertaining to the construction and maintenance of the athletic field, according to Landau.
Hmmm...this is a brownfield site that sits next to a superfund site. Sounds like an ideal place for local kids to play! And a not-for-profit will spend its money, which probably will come via a taxpayer funded city council member item, to maintain it.