From the Desk of former FIPNA President:
I read the numerous comments on this issue concerning improvements for Jerome Park. As you know, Tina Argenti and I fought long and hard for many years to get improvements in Fort Independence Park (aka Pigeon Park] and around the reservoir. Everyone should just step back and take a breath.
For years, we fought with the DEP to stop trying to destroy our community. The DEP has one thought in mind and that is to do what is best for the DEP and forget about the community. That has been their mantra for years…..you’ve been there. You fought many of the fights with us…did we not have large rallies in every neighborhood, hands around the reservoir, letter writing, phone calling, testifying?
If the Parks Department is willing to provide the community with a jogging path around the reservoir and has the money — go for it. Our ultimate goal was to get that pathway around the reservoir fixed and maintained so that the community can utilize it. The DEP never did one thing they were supposed to do or ever did many of the things they were mandated to do.
If there is a choice on who does the project and who will follow thru…go with Parks — they always did what was best for the community. If it was put to a vote by former FIPNA Board members, they would favor the Parks Dept. hands down.. Why do you need 2 dog runs? People jog, kids ride bikes, people rollerblade: you need a viable usable maintained pathway and if parks will do it….and they have the money..I say go for it. Get it in writing and stop all the talking already…..this is what we wanted for years…..