BY SUGAR BARRY | I believe it is now well past time for THE Honorable Parks Commissioner to step to the fore and give immediate attention to the world-famous Washington Square Park and the current long-running, dangerous, outrageous debacle there.
It is often said the buck stops at the top, and so as the top, the commissioner’s duty here is to provide and ensure a safe environment in our parks, let alone a decent level of civility, lawfulness and comfort.
We are consumed by the lawless, blatant selling and using drink and drugs at all hours! Fornicating, peeing, attacking with knives and guns, robbing and pillaging — not to mention the matter-of-fact bike riding and skate boarding blithely endangering us all.
Our children are hardening to the “new normal” of ignoring laws in the once-pleasant, civil oasis! A sad commentary altogether on Washington Square Park today.
Our local managers — in ALL disciplines, sweepers to lawyers and social workers — are wonderful people but their hands are usually so tied by bureacracies.
We rightfully expect the buck — our bucks — which stop at the top, Dear Commissioner, will provide you with the impetus to act for us, actually for all the parks, though my primary interest is here at home in Greenwich Village. So, please, for all (the needy perpetrators, too, if one is to be PC — though PC can sometimes work the wrong way), please provide us with a peaceful space once again.
The duty of THE Commissioner awaits!
The 1,700, more or less, parks, swimming pools, tennis courts, gardens, ball fields, etc. under the aegis of the Parks Department reach a huge number of our citizens.
There is great power in numbers!
I suggest Commissioner Sue Donoghue use that power, rightfully so, on behalf of our citizens; Mr. Adams might react to our — and his — problems differently.
Barry is a self-described “neighborhood defender” who lives in Greenwich Village.