Today's Report: Most Parks Score A Or B, But Is That Good News?
In its second annual report on the state of the city's parks, New Yorkers For Parks found that more parks scored an A or B. "On the face of it, this is encouraging news. But when you scratch below the surface and look at trends across park features, it becomes apparent that the Parks Department is caught in a property management version of 'Whac-A-Mole:' in order to address one problem, resources must be pulled from another area, causing a new problem to arise in that area. Bottom line: the Parks Department simply does not have sufficient resources to keep up with the endless demands of maintaining the City’s 29,000 acres of parkland — including the more than 3,600 acres spotlighted in this report." (read the full report)