You are reading

Holden Wants City Parks, Beaches and Golf Courses to Reopen Under Phase One

CM Robert Holden (NYC Council via Flickr)

June 6, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Council Member Robert Holden has called on the city to reopen parks and other public spaces as part of Phase 1.

The lawmaker wrote to Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver Thursday demanding that public parks, beaches, tennis courts and golf courses be made available to the public from June 8.

Holden said residents need access to these facilities for their physical and mental well-being following months of lockdown due to COVID-19.

“During these strenuous times, it is critical that NYC Parks help provide these resources, and I believe they can safely reopen with strict enforcement of social distancing and mask-wearing,” Holden wrote.

New York City is set to begin re-opening parts of the economy on Monday, with construction, agriculture, hunting, manufacturing and wholesale trade employees returning to work.

However many city parks and playgrounds will remain closed. Holden said that two parks in his district – Frank Principe Park in Maspeth and Evergreen Park in the Ridgewood and Glendale area – have been shuttered for months.

Holden said there is no state order mandating that entire parks to be closed. Therefore, he said, he wants all city parks and playgrounds re-opened under phase one.

“Areas outside of the playgrounds should also be open and available to park-goers, such as the space around the playground at Public School 68 in Ridgewood,” he wrote.

Holden also wants the city’s beaches to open up with strictly enforced rules. All New York City beaches remain closed for swimming although residents can visit as long as they are socially distanced.

In addition, tennis courts, golf courses, dog runs, and other public areas where social distancing can be applied should be opened up, he said.

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 
ASensibleMan

We know already that it is next to impossible to catch Covid outdoors, unless someone coughs right in your face. So yes, open the parks.

We also know that children are effectively immune. So open the playgrounds.

For all the talk from Cuomo about “following the science,” he’s pretty much ignored science in favor of politics.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Queens Public Library celebrates Black History Month with nearly 150 programs highlighting Black resistance, culture

Feb. 2, 2023 By Carlotta Mohamed

Throughout February, Queens Public Library will celebrate “Black Resistance” — the theme of its 2023 Black History Month observance — with nearly 150 comprehensive programs and initiatives, including theater performances, author talks and art workshops for all ages, spotlighting various aspects of Black heritage, culture and resilience. 

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime.