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Clean Up Frank M. Charles Memorial Park Howard Beach N.Y. 11414

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Charles Park located in Howard Beach Queens, NY was once a beautiful Park, where residents would enjoy their visits and the beautiful view. Our Park which is Federal owned has been neglected for too long, and is no longer safe for our community to enjoy. Most residents do not visit this park due to the horrendous conditions. The beach is full of debris that is never cleaned, the grass is not maintained, barbecuing is prohibit, yet many come from outside the community do so and leave their garbage behind. We need more Park Police and/or Park Rangers to patrol the Park during the week, and full time patrols on the weekends. We need to stop the night time activity, including night time fishing and the rituals that are very bothersome to the residents who hear the beating drums and stench from these rituals. Those who are performing these rituals are sacrificing chickens that are left behind on the beach as well as many fruits and food. It’s very heartrending to hear residents say "I won’t go to Charles Park because of the conditions, or I won’t bring my children there due to the environment". Residents are selling their homes or plan to do so in the very near future mostly, because they are unhappy with the conditions of Charles Park, and because how those from outside of our community are destroying it. We deserve the right to a clean Park and we deserve the right to a safe Park! The Park Police are called when these rituals are occurring and nothing is done. They are using the grass as barbecues and/or rituals; you will find large circles of charcoal on the burnt grass. There are many other areas of the Park that need repairs including; the handball courts, basketball courts, sprinkler area, fences are broken, branches and limbs are down (I, personally tripped over a large piece of a tree stump that was never removed, fell and sprained my hand on July 12, 2015, during our Petition Drive to clean up Charles Park. Many State Parks are clean and groomed, yet Charles Park is uncared for. IT'S NOT FAIR! Why have we been neglected? My sister and I have been going door to door to collect signatures, we are also holding Petition Drives to collect signatures, and we will do whatever we can to help get our Park cleaned up. We are Two Girls on a Mission, and you can count on us NOT STOPPING UNTIL ACTION IS TAKEN & Charles Park is restored to its natural beauty. Lastly, this is a Memorial Park dedicated to Frank M. Charles who served and was killed in battle. What a disgrace to bring shame on his name like this! Shame on those who allowed this Park to deteriorate as it has! SHAME ON YOU!

Please sign our Petition to help restore Charles Park. Thank you!
Sheri & Debra
Two Girls on a Mission


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