2010-01-22 / Letters

A Pleasant Surprise

Dear Editor,

I can say I am pleasantly surprised and greatly pleased at the announcement that the Trust For Public Land was able to purchase private property along Jamaica Bay to create a park for the residents of our community to enjoy. This park will ensure no overdevelopment takes place and will provide residents with a waterfront access park in which to enjoy our community’s natural resources. Now that the land has been conveyed to the NYC Parks Department, how long will it take for the land to become a park?

Maybe it will take over 40 years like it took the city to develop the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. Maybe it will take over 40 years like the old abandon court house that is only a couple of blocks away from the proposed park and still has no plan for its redevelopment. Maybe it will take over a decade and sit vacant just like the Neponsit Nursing Home has.

Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council are spending exorbitant amounts of money redeveloping Willets Point, Hunters Point, Coney Island and other areas of the city; let’s hope Rockaway can get just a little share of the funding that we deserve, to make this park a reality.

The Mayor seemed so interested in the needs of the people of Rockaway when he was running for re-election he even opened a campaign office here. It is time for him to show he really cares about the peninsula and its people. Mr. Mayor put your money where your mouth is and make this park a reality sooner rather than later.

GLENN DIRESTO

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