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Charles Park’s a mess

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Who and where are the so called “Friends of Charles Park?” I and everyone else who lives in Old Howard Beach would like to know.

Charles Park has become a serious eyesore. According to state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., it is the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. That is bull crap. Charles Park was in terrible shape way before Sandy! The ball fields have become a dog run. Don’t you need permits for a dog run? And no one cleans up after their dogs, so when spring comes the Little League will be rolling on dog pooh.

The benches are still broken. Trees need to be removed. Raccoons are running rampant, maybe with rabies. The swans get hurt by the boats in the canal.

The park could be such a beautiful place. I am tired of hearing it is federal and Gateway is responsible. Maybe the city should take it over!

Years ago when entering city parks throughout the borough you would see beautiful, well-kept parks — even in poor economic areas. It is time to crap and get off the pot. Give the residents of Howard Beach the beautiful park they deserve. We pay enough taxes. Before the elections all kinds of promises were made. Where are the delegates now? It’s not just Addabbo. Eric Ulrich’s heart belongs to the Rockaways. We are left solo. So again I ask who and where are the Friends of Charles Park?

On New Year’s Day a post was made on Facebook of a beautiful park covered in snow, which read “Happy New Year, Friends of Charles Park.” Are you kidding me?

Louis LiCausi
Howard Beach

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