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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

NY Daily News Article

Denis Hamill of the New York Daily News just wrote an article lambasting the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation for their "selective" maintenance of baseball fields:

Parks Department is a disgrace to city
Tuesday, June 16th 2009, 4:07 AM

The Parks Department should be ashamed.

If you want to see the arthritic hand of your government at work in the city's parks, become a Little League dad like me.

In the past two years, I have been on almost every sandlot in eastern Queens, as my kid has played for a Little League team and a CYO baseball team, in spring, summer, and fall seasons. We've played in Cunningham Park, Alley Pond Park, Harvey Park, McNeil Park, Golden Fields, Crocheron Park, College Point Fields, Flushing Park, Peck Park and more.

And I am very sad to report here that almost every single field is a disaster.

Every coach and parent I've talked to who uses these public fields - where our children are supposed to learn, love and excel in the great American pastime of baseball - says the same thing: The Parks Department is a DISGRACE!

Read the entire article here. Keep in mind when you read the article that the Bushwick Baseball Team told the parks department at the last listening session that, "If you just took care of the fields that we already have in Highland Park, you wouldn't need to build any in Ridgewood Reservoir." Out of the mouths of babes.

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