Re “Searching for a new vision of FMCP,” April 25, multiple editions:
It does not take a rocket scientist to make a decision concerning a Major Soccer League stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. All one needs to know is the site is parkland in FMCP, a park that for years has not only been neglected, but systematically alienated piece by piece for structures and for organizations that have no legitimate right to be in the park.
The culprits are too many myopic public officials who do not understand the importance of urban parks. That City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras cannot flat-out reject a soccer stadium for the benefit of a private, for-profit business makes it clear she is a member in good standing with the mediocrity who should not be on the public payroll. While Ms. Ferreras could be applauded for suggesting a coalition of private groups and companies currently in the park as well as those outside, she is not worthy of such applause because she has failed to make clear contributions to a fund that will only be accepted on a philanthropic basis.
Furthermore, while we are stuck with what is currently in the park, Ms. Ferreras should have made it clear, enough is enough. Under no circumstances, economic or otherwise, are the gates to be closed permanently except for passive urban park users. Her failure to say so makes one look forward to term limits that will replace her with an official who understands it is the public that is his or her constituency, and not private interests.