Proposed FY ’10/11 Cuts to Riverbank State Park

To: Governor David A. Paterson; OPRHP Commissioner Carol Ash; NYS Senator John Sampson (Senate Conference Leader); NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; NYS Senator José Serrano (Parks Committee); NYS Assemblymember Steve Englebright (Parks Committee); NYS Assemblymember Herman D. Farrell (Ways & Means)


WHEREAS the North River Sewage Treatment Plant was sited along almost a half-mile of prime Hudson River waterfront over strenuous community opposition, and has a continuing history of repeated violations of air and water quality standards; and
WHEREAS our community was promised a fully-staffed Riverbank State Park with a full range of athletic facilities and programming upon the plant’s upper deck as an appeasement for this siting; and
WHEREAS we only received two thirds of the promised facilities and the park has never been fully staffed; and
WHEREAS rather than address the community’s concerns regarding pollution and underfunding, the Governor’s Executive Budget seeks to cut $785,000 from the park’s operating budget, cutting operating hours by 50%, eliminating all classes for seniors as well as all community/cultural events, closing the outdoor swimming pool and eliminating all summer camps and team sports; and
WHEREAS a cut of this magnitude will be devastating to our entire community and all of the 870,000 visitors who utilize Riverbank State Park annually,
THEREFORE WE EXHORT our New York State legislators to reject the proposed cuts to Riverbank State Park in the Executive Budget AND WE IMPLORE the Governor and Commissioner to restore Riverbank’s operating budget as a first step toward living up to the State’s commitment to our community.

Cut the Park? Cut the crap!
As long as the North River Sewage Treatment Plant is in our backyard, Riverbank State Park must remain fully operational.

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    Emily Harrison, United States

    5 years ago Comments: Hamilton Heights is a wonderful place to live, and Riverbank State Park makes a great contribution to the neighborhood. I want a place to swim in the summer. Please open the outdoor pool. If necessary, charge an entrance fee, but open it!
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    Yari Wajid, United States

    5 years ago Comments: The park has been operating on reduced hours for just one week, but many have felt the effects, myself included, and this situation is unacceptable. I run on the track daily, and find it to be one of the few areas where I can enjoy my daily exercise without worrying about traffic or degenerative joint issues. At the very least, keep the track open for the full hours.
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    Andreas Kaubisch, United States

    5 years ago Comments: Please keep the parks open, especially Riverbank Park. The community was forced to accept a water treatment plant, and now the park access is being limited. This is not fair to this community!@
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