2007-07-13 / Community

Park Service Sets Tight Security For Guyanese Nonevent

U.S. Park Police kept a watchful eye on the entrance to Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway, as well.U.S. Park Police kept a watchful eye on the entrance to Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway, as well. Security was tight last Sunday, July 8, at the entrances to both Jacob Riis Park in Rockaway and Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, in anticipation of the massive Guyanese-American Family Fun Day event.

The National Park Service denied a permit for the annual event this year, they said, because the huge crowds associated with the festivities caused public safety and other concerns. NPS officials said neither area could accommodate the crowds, which they said topped 40,000 at Floyd Bennett last summer.

Riis Park was the site of the event in 2005.

Officers from the U.S. Park Police were instructed to turn away anyone associated with the event, but a combination of news reports, advertisements and word-of-mouth apparently discouraged all but a few Guyanese-Americans from showing up.


U.S. Park Police officer stands at the entrance to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.U.S. Park Police officer stands at the entrance to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

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