Don’t put bleachers in Crocheron Pk

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On March 29, 1995, an illiterate letter — replete with more than a dozen errors in grammar and spelling, including “bleaches” instead of “bleachers” — was sent to Community Board 11 by a person who called himself “Commissioner of Bayside Little League,” requesting that bleachers be installed in Crocheron Park, across from the residential area that had been represented by the East Bayside Homeowners Association for two decades at that time.

The EBHA then led the opposition to that proposal, which was subsequently turned down by CB 11 and the city. I was not yet a member of CB 11 and neither were many of the current members, but I predicted that the bleachers issue would probably return to hassle our community.

And it has. It appears the proposal’s sponsors expect us to forget the past.

Due to a prior commitment, I could not attend the Oct. 19 CB 11 Parks Committee meeting, but if I had been able to I would have stressed the following before any decision by that group:

1. I have lived a few blocks from Crocheron Park for 71 years and played there as a kid. In the decades since, I have observed how “overuse” by the Little League has gradually degraded that which was formerly pristine into what you find today, with a great increase in dangerous traffic noise, litter and de-greening, particularly as Little League use has increased its number of ballfields hours and days in the 16 1/2 years since the 1995 request to us.

2. Since bleachers cannot be removed after each game, once installed they would be available each night all year to teenagers for drinking and partying and homeless people for beds. With neither fencing or guards to prevent such use, this would severely affect the neighborhood at night, putting a further strain on the 111th Precinct’s resources and risk a terrible tragedy, like the murder of the teenage girl behind PS 203 three decades ago.

3. With the city perpetually going broke, how can anyone justify spending money on something that is not essential? Little League backers could pool their fortunes and buy a piece of land somewhere where they could have bleachers, but I think that is less likely than me being made king of England.

4. I request a copy of the petitions CB 11 has received to check addresses and find if any of them live adjacent to Crocheron Park or if all of them are residents of areas that would not be affected by this.

For these reasons — and the disturbing news that residents near Crocheron Park were not notified about this proposal — I ask CB 11 members to vote no. If this proposal comes to a vote Nov. 7, show your support of those residents whose quality-of-life would be severely affected by this ill-conceived change to the park.

Frank Skala


Posted 12:00 am, November 6, 2011
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Kent Atkinson from College Point says:
Mr. Skala- As old Ronald Reagan would've said, there you go again!You've been a pest and a stain on the Bayside community at large going back at least that far. Somebody obviously has their cranky pants on again. Guess you felt a need to bring the ranks of curmudgeons back up to where it was prior to the passing of Andy Rooney.Why don't you crawl back into your cave and gumble at the walls, because I doubt that your family is any longer inclined to indulge you!
Nov. 7, 2011, 12:24 pm
Nick Papamichael from Bayside says:
Frank Skala has reached a new low by trying to equate the murder of a teenage girl thirty years ago with putting bleachers at Crocheron Park, how ridiculous. Mr. Skala also believes that bleachers will draw throngs of drug using, partying and homeless people to the luxurious bleachers proposed to be erected at Crocheron Park. I think Mr. Skala is confused! The only park that hosts drug using, partying , homeless people is Zuccotti Park.
Nov. 7, 2011, 12:30 pm
Phil from Bayside says:
It is amazing that people who do not live by the park can think they can do what ever they want to the park. Bayside has become an over crowded place to live and the Bayside Little League, with the help of one of their own that sits at the head of CB#11, are trying to do make the neighborhood even more congested. I do not understand how Bayside Little League thinks that putting up stands and also selling food at the fields is helping the kids.It sounds more like a pocket lining of the owners of the for profit business of Bayside Little League. Another thing I do not understand is if the Bayside Little League wants to play at baseball fields that have stands, either buy your own fields or put in for permits for fields that have places to sit for fans. PROBLEM SOLVED..........It also is amazing how stupid people sound when they name call and use the idea of it is for the children.......just like those OWS in Washington DC using their kids to block streets......what a shame that the tranquilty of Bayside is going to be bullyed by Bayside LL and the leader of CB#11 someone who is supposed to listen to the residents of the neighorhood not some profiter that is his buddy
Nov. 9, 2011, 2 pm
joe from bayside says:
it is a shame people have to make fun of and degrade Mr. Scala it only proves how ighorant some people are. Stop being a bully with your words and realize that Mr. Scala is watching out for the park, people and directly for the residents surrounding the park. It seems Baside LL and CB#11 are not.
Nov. 9, 2011, 2:14 pm
Steve from Bayside says:
Phil's got it right...and BLL has the money to pay for this? How about reducing the cost of registration instead of a monument to Bob Reid.

When it is 95 degrees, no one is going to sit in the sun. Bob's bleaches will go unused while everyone sits under the trees in the shade.

Maybe someone should investigate where all the money goes.
Nov. 9, 2011, 10:17 pm
Dave from Bayside says:
Maybe the bleachers will only be for those in "the clique" The so called "Summer Travel Teams" are only for those in the clique! Buddy boys of Bob Reid. Bayside Little League has and continues to do more damage to the self esteem of area youth than any organization around. This charade that they are a benevolent organization for the kids is just that ,a charade.
Nov. 10, 2011, 8:30 am
michele from bayside says:
I find it disgusting that people are critizing Bob Reid who has committed over 20 years to help out the children of this community. You may not agree with what Little League stands for and that is your right but to critizing an individual who's only goal is to help children just shows how ignorant and selfish you are. And for those of you who have no idea what you are talking about Bayside Little League is most definitely a non for profit organization, every single member of the Bayside Little League is a volunteer and do not receive a dime for the time they spend helping the children. Also Bayside Little League does not sell food at the fields, where these people get their information is beyond me. What the people who live around Crocheron Park and are against the bleachers fail to recognize is that Crocheron Park is a public park not their own personal park or backyard, it is part of the community and the community extends past your immediate area.
Nov. 10, 2011, 3:11 pm
edwina from bayside says:
skala is a bully and a fraud. that's why he has not bothered to pay taxes or even report revenues on his scam organizations,
Frank- shut up!
Nov. 13, 2011, 2:36 am

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