2010-02-12 / Letters

Thank You Leroy

Dear Editor,

The following letter was sent to NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Commission Adrian Benepe regarding the departure of LeRoy J. Temple.

Dear Commissioner Benepe: Throughout recorded history, public space has been cherished to renew the body and the soul. America, though, transformed and democratized public space by making it available and beautiful, not just for the gilded elite, but for all her citizens. The Rockaways (Queens, New York City) offer no better illustration. We here in Rockaway are gifted, Commissioner Benepe, with glistening beaches, direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, a promenade along the beach front, historic Jamaica Bay and one of America’s few Urban Wildlife Refuges. General Washington sent his scouts to our Mott Farm in August 1776 to scout out the British Armada and it was through the Jamaica gap that British troops flanked Washington in the first battle for our independence. Today, Commissioner Benepe, the Rockaway community is in resurgence and in no small part thanks to the renewed interest by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

We are now saddened to hear that LeRoy J. Temple, our Parks and Recreation Manager for the last four years, is transferring from Rockaway for other Queens Parks. He has served us diligently, faithfully and graciously for these four years with his handson ability to get ‘stuff’ done daily, weekly, monthly, year after year; and with his ability to present himself and Parks forthrightly to local groups, small and large. These are talents we have all come to appreciate and admire.

We wish him well and we will miss him!

FRANCES STATHIS

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