The reservoir's historic structures & ecosystems are an opportunity to create a unique environmental education center for our children & their future.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Daily News Article

The New York Daily News picked up on our posting about the facilities use permits at Highland Park and published an article on May 22nd entitled "Preservationists at odds with city over ballfields in Ridgewood Reservoir".

"The City Parks Department has exaggerated the need for new ballfields in the forests of Ridgewood Reservoir, preservationists charge, pointing to newly unearthed documents."

Read the entire article here. Writer John Lauinger interviewed the only community leader who supports the ballfield plan:

"Everybody that we have talked to has said, 'If you want to give us anything in that reservoir, give us fields for active recreation," said Bishop David Benke, head of the Lutheran Church in the eastern region of the state."

Fortunately, Benke's allegations of wide support don't match what the parks department's own design team's surveys discovered or what two years worth of community listening sessions revealed.

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