31 May 2008

Ridgewood Reservoir

New York City has an unusual, and nearly secret, environmental oasis in the City. Ridgewood Reservoir has turned into a hidden natural spot teeming with wildlife, but that is at risk. NYC is looking at a $50 million plan to convert the reservoir into playfields. The Times published an opinion piece that questioned the plan:
The parks commissioner has said the city needs the athletic fields to combat childhood obesity. This is an important objective, but the money that would be used to destroy this extraordinary natural habitat could be better spent improving Highland Park, next to Ridgewood Reservoir. Highland Park has plenty of ball fields to serve its neighborhood, but they are in such deplorable condition that few people use them.
There is even a blog (how cheesy are those?) kept by supporters.

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