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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Less Money to Destroy Ridgewood Reservoir

I thought that I was stating the obvious then I pointed out in a recent posting that Mayor Bloomberg was planning to cut the NYPD & FDNY budgets while going ahead with a ridiculous waste of money at the Ridgewood Reservoir. Well, according to a report in today's NY Post, it appears all bets are off for the Department of Parks & Recreation, as well. In the story, it was revealed that Mayor Bloomberg cut the department's 5 year capital budget by $338 million. How will that affect Ridgewood Reservoir (or Highland Park, as the DoPR keeps referring to it despite the fact that none of the money would be spent on Upper or Lower Highland Park)? Here is a quote from the article:

"...while a $50 million plan to restore Ridgewood Reservoir and bring new athletic fields to Highland Park fell to $19.8 million."

Perhaps leadership within the parks department will make an astute observation and come to the conclusion that they could use the remaining funding to fix up Highland Park proper. Better yet, a project to maintain and upgrade the current fields so they could finally be used more frequently and by more people. Nah...

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1 comment:

Christina said...

Who are they kidding? $19M won't even be enough to get them through phase 1 (new paths and lights).