Thursday, June 30, 2011

City Agrees to Fix McKinley Park Restrooms After Three Years


There is good news for park lovers in Bay Ridge.

The restrooms at McKinley Park, which have been out of order for three years, are going to be repaired — finally! U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who stepped into the fray last month when a dispute between the New York City Parks Department and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over which agency is responsible for the repairs stalled any action on the broken bathrooms, received a letter from Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, according to Brooklyn Eagle.

In his letter, dated June 20, Benepe said the repairs should be completed by the end of July.

“We share your concern about the residents’ dissatisfaction with the comfort station’s long closing,” he wrote to Grimm.

Grimm said the restrooms had been caught in the middle of a turf war between the Department of Parks and the DEP. The two agencies were at odds over whose job it is to repair a broken sewer line on Seventh Avenue connected to the pipes in the restrooms located inside the McKinley Parkhouse, according to Grimm.

After Grimm fired off identical letters to the heads of both agencies, he received a reply from Benepe. “I am pleased that the Parks Department has decided to make repairs to the restrooms at McKinley Park an immediate priority,” Grimm said. “This is great news for the people of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge who enjoy spending time with their friends and family at this terrific park.”

Fran Vella-Marrone, president of the Dyker Heights Civic Association, said she was pleased to hear that the restrooms would be repaired at long last.

“I’m happy the congressman was able to get this resolved,” she said.

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The Brooklyn Eagle - June 30, 2011 -

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