Yield to the Public: Make a New Field
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Long Island City and Astoria have a population of around 201,357 people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Within this, there are about 32,000 children from ages 4 to 20 years old residing in this area. Despite this, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has neglected the care of these children by not building a safe and nurturing park area for them.
Astoria Park, one of the largest parks in the Astoria area, is known as a place in which people go to run, jog, bike, or walk. People of all ages use the park as a gathering place, enjoying the scenery of the area and the comfort that it offers. Yet, the park is in desperate need of repairs and construction in order to create a better experience for everyone. The park is desperately in need of a turf field.
The turf field would provide a grassy area for the 77% of physically active people in Astoria. Currently there is a only a cement area in which to play games such as soccer and American football. Playing on cement leads to injuries such as scraped knees and many cuts and bruises. In a game that can result in multiple injuries such as sprained ankles. This is an issue for the 21% of Astorians that have no health insurance, compared to the citizens of other areas of New York, where 8% of Tottenville and Great Kills residents have no health insurance.
An eighteen year old, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been playing soccer since he was a young boy and joined his friends one day at the Triborough Bridge Playground. This was done in order to play soccer on the small, concrete surface that is one of the only nearby places to which active students like himself can spend recreational time safely. As a soccer player, injuries are extremely dangerous and can inhibit future participation in such a rewarding sport.
This park presents other issue as well, which also need to be addressed in the building of a park that can actually allow children to play safely, without the fear of hard impact on a vicious surface of concrete, but also without worrying that kicking the soccer ball too hard or too high will result in losing it on a very busy street.
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