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Update: August 15, 2011
The fence was removed and the field is now opened for public use.
August 12, 2011
By Steven Greer, MD
Well, after having our friends at Pix11 TV news and The NY Post begin stories on the West Thames grass field disgrace, the DOT announced today that the field would open on Monday, August 15th. Recall, it was delayed two weeks due to an absurd “crab grass” excuse. Prior to that, the field was out of use for almost two years due to bickering between the DOT and the BPCA.
In their brief release, Adam Levine of the DOT wrote, “The New York State Department of Transportation and the Battery Park City Authority are pleased to announce that the West Thames Park lawn is scheduled to open Monday, August 15, 2011. The park will be maintained by Battery Park City Authority through the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy.”
This beautiful real grass field cost the tax payers more than $200,000, for the grass alone, yet was held hostage as part of this bureaucratic dispute. To express your outrage over having to view an unsightly chain link fence in your neighborhood for many months, and having your children deprived of an entire summer of recreation, contact:
BPCA CEO Gayle Horwitz at (212) 417-2000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, Tess Huxley email@example.com
DOT’s Region 11 Director Phillip Eng at (718) 482-4526 firstname.lastname@example.org