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Parkgoers fret about motorcycle noise

CB 9, Parks say no complaints filed

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Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:58 am, Thu Aug 23, 2012.

When the George Seuffert Bandshell in Forest Park hosts concerts, the acoustics are so good, the music can be heard in the streets of Woodhaven up to a mile away, but when Irish crooner Andy Cooney sang with his world-famous band during Irish Night on June 16, some of the concert could not be heard feet away.

Concertgoers say people on motorcycles disrupted the concert, riding around the parking lot and allegedly riding near the bandshell itself.

But Community Board 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey said she never got any complaints about motorcycles disrupting the concert.

“We haven’t received any complaints about motorcycles in Forest Park,” she said noting that there are no regulations against motorcycles being in the park.

“They have to follow the same rules and regulations as other vehicles,” she added.

Motorcyclists often use the parking lot at the bandshell to ride around. The lot is usually empty unless there is an event at the bandshell or the carousel.

A spokesman for the Parks Department said it also did not receive complaints about the motorcyclists from the June event and does respond to complaints in Forest Park.

Carey said the Parks Department is lacking in enforcement officers in Queens. Most of the few officers assigned to the borough are on Rockaway Beach or in Flushing Meadows Corona Park during the summer and they do not work at night, when the park is notorious for being a haven for illicit sex and drugs.

But she noted the park has been doing well this summer, hosting a number of events during June and July with more events planned for the fall, including a Back to School Festival at Victory Field on Sept. 6, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. She also said the long-awaited reopening of the carousel this year was a boon for the park.

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