Saturday, August 7, 2010

Central Park Golf Carts Destroyed By "Suspicious" Fire

The skeletal remains of one of six EZ-GO electric carts destroyed in a fire behind the North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park.  The fire broke out on Wednesday evening around 7:20pm. A 75-year-old Linden tree - a favorite species of the park's designer Frederick Law Olmsted - was also damaged. The golf carts are the work horse vehicles used by the Central Park Conservancy. Eight Parks Department electric vehicles were destroyed in a fire at Orchard Beach on May 14, 2010.  (Photos: © Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates. click on image to enlarge)


A suspicious fire left five city-owned golf carts gutted in Central Park, sources said yesterday.

The electric-powered maintenance vehicles -- owned by the Central Park Conservancy -- were parked behind the North Meadow recreation center near West 97th Street when the fire broke out about 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the New York Post.

By the time firefighters extinguished the blaze, two of the vehicles were reduced to smoldering shells and the rubber tires and steering wheels on three others had melted. A wooden storage box was also damaged.


Read More:

New York Post - August 7, 2010 -  By John Doyle and Kevin Fasick 

DNAinfo - August 7, 2010

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