2007-05-11 / Community

Beach Channel Park Given 'A' In Report Card

By Miriam Rosenberg

Tribute Park is proving to be a jewel in Rockaway's crown as an advocacy group has given it, and the land attached to it, the highest grade possible in a report card rating 100 of the city's neighborhood parks.

Beach Channel Park, which runs from Tribute Park West to the Marine Parkway Bridge was given an 'A' with an overall score of 93 percent. The group New Yorkers for Parks rated it as the fourth best park in the city in their '2007 Report Card on Parks.'

"Beach Channel is a shining example, it's close to perfect," said Christian DiPalermo, the executive director of New Yorkers for Parks in a Daily News article.

Broad Channel Park, located on Cross Bay Boulevard by 22 Road, was graded 'D' with a score of 61.

Sheila Feinberg, of New Yorkers for Parks, explained the reasoning for Broad Channel Park's low ranking.

"The drinking fountain had a leak, the athletic fields were littered with trash, the trash cans were overflowing with trash, broken glass was found on the basketball court, the backboards were severely rusted and there were no nets for basketball," said Feinberg. "That's why it got a 61.

"When we look at parks we look at them from a park users [point of view]. These are things people enjoy in the park."

The average score for the 100 parks surveyed for 2007 was a C- or a score of 70 out of 100. That was down from the overall score of 80 for the parks inspected for the 2005 report.

Abby Looten, a spokesperson for New York City Parks and Recreation, responded to the report card on behalf of the city.

"Around the city and by every measure, parks are in better shape now than at any time in the last four decades, and are improving, with our $2.7 billion capital plan," said Looten in an email to this newspaper. "According to our park inspection ratings, more than nine out of 10 parks (91 percent) meet our tough standards for cleanliness, even with record numbers of visitors to our parks. By comparison, 15 years ago, only seven out of 10 met our cleanliness standards. The rating for overall conditions - the infrastructure of the parks - has also risen from 47 percent in 1993 to 84 percent."

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