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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Community "Listening Sessions" were deaf

Tonight Heidi, Rusty and I went to a presentation given by parks commissioner Benepe. The subject was the mayor's PlaNYC 2030 and what it meant for the city parks. In a nutshell, despite overwhelming consensus for the community to leave Ridgewood Reservoir as a nature sanctuary, Commissioner Benepe plans to cut down, at least, 23 acres of forest. They plan to turn the largest of the basins into active recreational facilities. He said that basins 1 and 2 would be left alone, but I believe that comment is worthless.

Why would they take the time to organize two community meetings to get input from the very people that this project will most impact, and then completely ignore them?

I'm mentally exhausted and will follow up tomorrow. Let me know what you think.

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