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Soccer Stadium Petitions Hit Bloomberg's Desk

Group fighting against MLS stadium in Queens drops signatures at City Hall.

A group of Queens residents who spent part of last weekend marching to prevent the building of a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park delivered thousands of signatures to Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week, urging him to include the community in any plan to redesign the greenspace.

"We need to be extremely careful about any changes to any park, but especially to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which is our largest park and serves as the ‘lungs’ of Queens,” said Luz Marina Bustos of Queens Community House in Forest Hills. “We, the local community, deserve a role in shaping what is done in our community and especially in our park.”

The group objects to the recently-released proposals that could result in the loss of acres of parkland in central Queens to facilitate a new soccer stadium, a mall and a new tennis facility.

They are urging the mayor to allow community input on the plan.

The petition text read as follows:

Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

Please protect parkland at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park!

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is threatened by corporate interests who want this valuable public asset for their own private gain at the expense of the largely working class, immigrant population of Queens.

We ask that all new uses or proposed redesigns in the area of Flushing Meadows Corona Park are undertaken in a fair and responsible manner to include a process for local resident and community stake holder input.

Sincerely,

New York City resident

Jeff December 16, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Annoying NIMBYers. That portion of the park isn't used for anything. It is a giant abandoned cement pool of stagnant water. Let's get the facts straight. It is not some green area for kids to play in, like some say, and it's not some "wetlands ecosystem" like that SUNY professor said. It's the Pond of Industry and it's an eyesore if anything. Surrounded by... soccer fields. Run down ones. That would be properly maintained if the stadium was built. Facts.
mike smithson December 17, 2012 at 04:56 PM
The pool should be restored or turned into green space, its park land not commercial property for the gain of the private sector. The soccer fields are being slated by the city for renovation already. The middle of the park is no place for the stadium. Place it next to Citifield in the parking lot where they want to build another mall Queens doesn't need. They claim the soccer stadium will increase local business, Citifiled has not done so and the mall will likely put some locals out of business. The stadium placed by Citifield can share parking and access roads. No need to chew up more parkland and open space for these. Although MLS claims 10-13 acres will be taken and replaced, what about the shadow a huge structure like this will cast on sunny days!!
Steph M December 17, 2012 at 05:03 PM
It is the Parks Department's responsibility to preserve and maintain historic elements of the park, not allow for-profit entities to build over them. Fact.

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