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Repair work at Charles Park

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Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:28 am, Thu Dec 12, 2013.

Construction began this week on the east side of Charles Park in Howard Beach to fix the erosion problem there.

National Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun said the construction is being done on the beach at the mouth of Hawtree Creek facing JFK Airport.

Dorothy McCloskey, president of Friends of Charles Park, said she wasn’t aware of any imminent work before it began on Tuesday. The erosion problem on the east side of the park has become dangerous, McCloskey noted, as the path that circumnavigates the park is in danger of being eroded away there.

The condition of the park, which is owned by the NPS, overseen by the federal Department of the Interior, has become a sore point for many Howard Beach residents in the past decade, and especially after Hurricane Sandy, which flooded the park with nearly 10 feet of storm surge water. Many of the fences are in terrible condition and litter was left strewn in the park for months. A lamppost on the west side of the park destroyed by a fallen tree still has not been fixed.

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