Saturday, June 25, 2011

Second-Class Parks?

From City Hall:

On any given day, about 700 acres of New York City parkland—almost all of them in Manhattan—are patrolled by 78 parks enforcement officers, close to half of the parks department’s manpower. The remaining 86 officers are left to cover the other 28,000-plus acres.

The difference in staffing levels comes down to who’s footing the bill: the city or private parks conservancies.

As staffing for the city’s Parks Enforcement Patrol plummets due to an ongoing hiring freeze, a two-tiered system that favors affluent neighborhoods is being thrown into sharp relief. Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Washington Square Park and others are always well staffed, because private associations—not taxpayers—hire PEP officers. While Battery Park has some 30 officers, the entire borough of the Bronx has only 15—and officers say that official figure is higher than the reality.


Unknown said...

The interesting part of that is that per square mile, the Bronx has more park land than any other borough.

Funny how that worked out, huh?

Gary the Agnostic said...

If you have parks the size of Pelham Bay Park, Van Cortlandt Park and Bronx Park it would work out that way. Someone there had the foresight to grab a lot of land. Too bad people elsewhere didn't.

Anonymous said...

Parks Department is leasing parkland to HBO for Boardwalk Empire on Staten Island and closing it off to the public. HBO has an open-ended lease.
I wonder whose pockets are open on this one?

Anonymous said... gangs like MS 13 will have a field day in Flushing Meadows Corona Park with less police protection.

Safety issues already abound there.

I wouldn't walk a pair of lions in that park near dark and feel safe.