2001-07-28 / Editorial/Opinion

Once More, Dumping On Rockaway

Once More, Dumping On Rockaway

Each time Gateway National Park is used for a non-recreational function, it diminishes its use and opens the way for the park’s administration to earn a couple of bucks by facilitating other non-recreational activities. It gets easier each time. We could accept a Doppler radar unit in Gateway because it is a major safety issue. The same is not true for an impound lot for cars that have been seized by police. We understand that we are talking about parking cars in what has always been a parking lot and we are talking about earning money for a park that desperately needs renovations in certain areas. Those things said, a national park should not serve as a parking lot for cars taken from errant drivers. It is a small link in what could become a chain of such uses and that could very well diminish the park’s usefulness to the community. It is one more case of dumping something that nobody else wants in Rockaway and the community can no longer accept that kind of action by the city, state or federal government.

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