Unwanted junk - a shredded mattress, a hose, black garbage bags, cones, and more - have been left at the Field of Dreams Park in New Springville, part of the Greenbelt (Photo: Mark Stein/Staten Island Advance)
A park based in the Greenbelt containing a ballfield and model airplane field has a pair of signs outside it on Forest Hill Road in New Springville informing visitors that illegal dumping can result in fines as high as $4,000, according to the Staten Island Advance.
Apparently, nobody is reading them, or no one fears being caught.
Last Thursday, a visit to the Field of Dreams by the Advance resulted in sights that would have others calling it a nightmare. In addition to the grass and brush being trimmed and in good standing, large piles of debris were spotted beyond the ballfield next to the model airplane area frequently used by the Staten Island Radio Control Modelers.
Spotted were an abandoned hose, a destroyed mattress, filled black garbage bags, dirty cones, rusted paint cans, an overflowing garbage pail, and what appears to be the top of a Jeep.
The findings came after a visitor sent the Advance a photograph of a huge pile of tires on the grounds. The anonymous sender said it was one of three.
The city Parks Department did not respond to a request for a comment regarding previous dumping incidents at the site.
The Field of Dreams Park is connected to LaTourette Golf Course and is located near Richmond Avenue, across from Costco’s side parking lot.
Staten Island Advance - April 26, 2013 - Mark D. Stein