Angry New Yorker

Monday, May 19, 2003
Report Card Flunks 40 Percent of NYC Parks Closed bathrooms. Broken water fountains. Glass-littered ballfields.
By Merle English, Newsday Staff Writer, May 16, 2003

Because of flaws like these, almost 40 percent of the city's neighborhood parks received failing grades in a study by an advocacy group that also found sharp contrasts in park quality, with the most problems in Queens and the Bronx.

The "Report Card on Parks," issued last week by the nonprofit group New Yorkers for Parks, was based on surveys of 181 parks, playgrounds and ball fields, ranging from one to 20 acres.
"These neighborhood parks are the front and backyards of most New Yorkers and deserve better," the report states.

Of the top 10 parks, not one was in Queens or the Bronx. Manhattan had seven -- led by Bryant Park, the only spot to bag a perfect score -- while Staten Island had two and Brooklyn one. The top-rated neighborhood park in Queens -- Doughboy Plaza, a neatly kept oasis in Woodside -- ranked 18th in the city.

Of the city's 10 worst neighborhood parks, however, three were in Queens -- Southern Fields in South Ozone Park, Rainey in Astoria and John Golden in College Point. Four were in the Bronx, including the bottom of the barrel, University Woods, a wooded three acres littered with human feces and the remains of drug use and animal sacrifice. It scored 19%, while Bryant scored 100%.' [more]

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