2007-08-03 / Letters

Where Is The Safety In Our Park?

The following letter was sent to Rita Mullally, supervising ranger at Riis Park, part of Gateway National Recreation Area. Dear Ms. Mullally,

I am writing you in regards to the ongoing effort to raise the parking fees at the parking entrances at Gateway Park/Riis Park beach.

I have been involved in the women's afternoon golf league at Pitch and Putt for many years. The new managers of the golf course have done many improvements to help rejuvenate a markedly deteriorating golf course.

I cannot say the same about the security (i.e. Gate Park Police) that is never seen or in place as we enter and exit the course, causeway and parking lots during our weekly golf outing. It is also just as noticeable to the car thieves and break-in felons that seem to invade our automobiles at various times over the summer season. Case in point is Mrs. Margaret Driscoll. On the evening of 7/10/07, she had her car unlocked, bag removed, money stolen, credit cards and gift cards missing, and then the auto was left with no tell-tale sign of entry. Areport was filed with the Park Police, as the officer commented that this happens often in the parking lots. This is not the first time that the golf groups have been targeted. How about doing something about it!

So tell me, where is the security for our vehicles now, and we pay a parking fee of $5 every week? There is NEVER a police presence anywhere in that area during our golf time, especially when it gets dark en route to the parking area. What if one of us walked up to a thief while they were in the process of ransacking our cars? Where is the safety in our park?

Until these questions are answered I must state that an increased fee for those lots is an insult and we are just throwing good money after bad. I am looking forward to your reply.

EILEEN MCDONALD

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