1999-07-29 / Editorial/Opinion

Good Park, Bad Park

When the Beach Club opened on Beach 116 street a few years ago the entire block was transformed. The coral facade was a perfect fit for the beachfront bistro.

Happily, the Park Nursing Home on the boardwalk at Beach 115 street is following the same theme as they transform what was once an old bathhouse to a spiffy-looking seaside home. The building now looks like an expensive oceanfront condo.

The administrator, Patrick Russell, a member of both the Rockaway Rotary and the Ancient Order of Hibernians, told us the entire facility is being renovated and that the new "South Beach" exterior makes a cheerier place for the people who call the place "home." It certainly seems if the owner of the Park Nursing Home is community minded.

It’s really quite remarkable---and hopefully the owners of other oceanfront buildings will follow suit and beautify the area---though we won’t hold our breath.

The Park Inn---no relation to the Park Nursing Home---is just a block over on Beach 116 street. The place looks run down and supervision of the residents seems nonexistent.

With the Park Nursing Home looking so attractive the shabbiness of the Park Inn will be more obvious than ever. Pressure should be applied so the owner sells the place or spruces it up. The Buildings Department, the Chamber of Commerce, and local politicians should put the owner on notice that the facility is unacceptable.

 

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