Take down & change wire fences in Cobble Hill Park
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We, community members who enjoy or live near Cobble Hill Park, Brooklyn, want the NYC Parks and Recreation Department to take down temporary wire fences bordering almost the entire public access areas of Cobble Hill Park. These fences block the community from access to their entire park, are an eyesore and also are dangerous to children and pets. They create an unnecessary uninviting atmosphere and tension for neighbors.
We seek to establish a Friends of Cobble Hill Park committee comprising diverse residents of Cobble Hill to give input on any changes to the park and its rules; and welcome new members.
We appreciate the gardeners and their need to protect plantings. We believe a broader Friends of Cobble Hill committee can work together on ways to preserve and respect these efforts, while ensuring all have equal access.
One of our residents has come up with a new plan, which would both respect the gardeners and protect their plantings and hard work, but also would enhance the park and include the wishes and volunteerism of the rest of the Cobble Hill and surrounding community.
In 2012, after years of confrontations between residents and NYPD officers at the park, the Cobble Hill Association and more than 100 residents appealed to Community Board 6 to extend the park curfew from dusk to 10 pm. Before then, NYPD officers routinely issued summonses to law-abiding, peaceful residents who entered the park after dark. These residents were forced to go to the Red Hook Justice Center to appeal tickets, much to the chagrin of the local judge. In Sept., 2012, residents told the Community Board 6 Parks Committee to extend the curfew so police would not issue violations and the request was granted.The NYPD heard the public and has refrained from ticketing since.
Now, residents are speaking up again to get NYC Parks to take down and change the wire fencing to honor the wishes of all Cobble Hill residents. Right now, these fences unjustifiably block tax-paying homeowners and renters and other residents from fully enjoying their park. We call for the immediate removal. Begun May 4, 2016 - Updated one year later - May 21, 2016
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