Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Community doesn't want soccer stadium
From A Walk in the Park:
Rain didn't stop hundreds of people from taking to the streets around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on Sunday to "express outrage about an unprecedented land grab for public parkland."
The crowd chanted "Bloomberg, entiende! El parque no se vende!" ("Bloomberg, understand, the park is not for sale") and "Bloomberg, escucha! Estamos en la lucha!"("Bloomberg, listen, the people are ready to fight!") as it marched through the immigrant neighborhood of Corona and headed to the park along Roosevelt Avenue under tracks of the 7 train.
The group passed the sites of a proposed 1.4 million sq. ft. mall at CitiField and the proposed expansion of the U.S. Tennis Association's facilities before ending at the Fountain of Planets, where Major League Soccer is heavily lobbying to build a new stadium and concert venue on 13 acres.
The community is demanding they find alternate locations.
Participants held signs saying, "Put Soccer Stadium In Central Park", and "No Soccer Stadium inside the Park!" and "PARK NOT FOR $ALE," SAVE OUR PARK! NO LAND-GRABS," and "SAVE OUR PARK! NO TO SOCCER STADIUM," and "ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER."
The demonstration, called Take Back Our Park March made clear once again that this community vehemently opposes all three proposals, which would take more than 50 acres of public parkland in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. But the Bloomberg administration supports the giveaway to private corporations.