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For over a year we have been working to get Forest Park to better address public safety by closing the gates allowing access to the park. They have replaced the gates; however, their actions are still very inadequate. Access from the Myrtle Avenue gate is always possible. The gates remain open at all hours. There is no signage indicating that this gate should be closed or that vehicles cannot enter from the busy intersection.

This is a major park and the closed Forest Park Drive is populated by children, joggers, bikers, moms pushing strollers. It is an extreme risk to public safety. Vehicles enter the park often and come in close proximity to park patrons enjoying the park. This matter must be addressed. Gates must be kept closed at all times, signage must be placed at all gates indicating that gates should be closed and vehicles cannot enter. The 102nd Precinct and Parks Department employees must close the gates behind them.

There have been over 50 311 complaints to the Parks Department over a multi-year period, but the problem remains. This is a serious matter of public safety. Thank you.

Michael Moore

Kew Gardens

Posted 12:00 am, November 1, 2015
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