Dear Editor (of the Queens Chronicle):
Re: “No Parking On The Grass,” Queens Chronicle, July 19.
The claim by the Parks and Recreation manager of Flushing Meadows Park, William Gilbert, that parking on the grass in Flushing Meadows will no longer be tolerated is to be taken with some degree of skepticism given the lackluster history of the Parks Department in the management of the park. The notion that parking on the grass would be permitted during so-called “overlapping special events” is unacceptable.
At a time when Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pushing for congestion pricing to cut down on vehicular traffic into Manhattan, Gilbert ignores the fact that public transportation for both Shea Stadium and the United States Tennis Association exists adjacent to the park. Parking for Mets and USTA fans should be restricted to stadium parking lots. If overflow fans of both the Mets and the USTA are unwilling to use public transportation, let them stay home.
If Gilbert and other Parks officials do not understand that parks are for park users and do not stand up to the Mets and USTA management — which is what this is all about — and that under no circumstances will fan parking be allowed anywhere in the park, grassland or asphalt, then they are not doing their job as protector of parkland and they should seek other employment.
Civic Association of Kew Garden Hills
Ben, you surely are familiar with the human clusterf*ck that happens on the way into the Shea Stadium subway/LIRR stations after Mets games. This is why people drive to the game. Maybe if the MTA solves that problem and runs better public transportation after games (not everyone lives along the 7 train or Port Washington line and most buses run like crap at night), more people will leave their cars home. But why would they do that? The city and the Mets are making more money this way.
Photos from The Park Watchdog