"Great use of our tax dollars. Nice new parks and no one can use them."
Playground Closure Puzzles Area Parent
Before school ended for the year, a sign was put up at the entrance of P.S. 153’s schoolyard in Maspeth which states that the playground will be open from 8 a.m. to dusk everyday when school is not in session.
Yesterday (June 29), I took my daughter there after 5 p.m., and the school yard was locked up. A neighbor told me something must have happened and they locked up the school yard for the night.
Today (June 30), I took my daughter there after 3 p.m. She was riding her bike around the school yard. There were other children there playing on the play equipment in the outer yard so I did not have to worry about my daughter hitting them with her bike.
The next thing I know, two men started locking up the gates to the entrances to the school yard. They told me and the others that the school yard closes everyday at 4:30 p.m. I said I thought it was to stay open until dusk. He said only on the weekends will it stay open until dusk.
He said that the following week, it would not be open at all to the public because summer camp starts.
Why did they put up a sign saying it would be open to the neighborhood children everyday from 8 a.m. to dusk when that’s not true? There are lots of children who live near the school who want to use it. The nearest parks are Reiff Park which you have to cross Fresh Pond Road to get to and Grover Cleveland Park which you have to cross Metropolitan Avenue to get to. P.S. 153 is easier to get to and you don’t have to cross major streets to get there.
Great use of our tax dollars. Nice new parks and no one can use them. Charlene Stubbs Maspeth