2013-03-01 / Letters

Put Parks On Notice

Dear Editor,

Just last month, Dotty Lewandowski, Queens Parks Commissioner, announced that the community would be an integral part of the design process. Then, Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner for Parks appeared at the CB 14 Parks Committee meeting at BCHS on Thursday, February 21, and announced that the Parks Department. had decided to permanently erect bathrooms that proved to be controversial with respect to both design and location. The disappointment and frustration in that auditorium was palpable. If the final design is still a ways from being decided, what’s the rush on these bathrooms? What changed?

The Parks Department has a new Web page for rebuilding Rockaway http://www.nycgovparks.org/facility/be aches/beach-recovery but it lacks any information on Parks’ plan for this coming season. Further, this website could serve as a collection vehicle for new ideas while giving people an opportunity to comment on those ideas which have already been shared.

Until such a bulletin board is available, let’s use the telephone and email to let Liam and his boss, Veronica White know how we feel. It’s impossible to achieve great things when one party is saying one thing and doing another, but it’s not too late to make things right. Contact: Liam Kavanagh: liam.kavanagh@parks.nyc.gov, 212- 360-1307, Veronica White, Parks Commissioner: veronica. white@parks.nyc.gov, 212-360-1305. We all need to work together if we want a world class beach and boardwalk.

RICK HORAN

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