Gary Giordano, CB5’s district manager, and Vincent Arcuri, the community board chairman, said the Parks Department has notified CB5 that it does not plan to implement the board’s recommendations.
Arcuri said the Parks Department has not yet made the decision in writing, but notified CB5 verbally it would proceed according to the department’s own plans.
A Parks Department spokesman declined to comment for this story.
In July, CB5 approved the city’s $7.6 million phase one plans for the reservoir, on the condition the parks department make several changes to the redevelopment proposal.
These included raising the height of the perimeter fences around the reservoir from four to six feet, for added security; changing the lighting system to make it more accessible for repair; and the building of an elevated walkway over Vermont Place, connecting the parking lot there to the reservoir entrance.
The walkway, CB5 members argued, would allow children, seniors and others to access the reservoir without crossing dangerous Vermont Place.
“They are not doing what we’re asking them to do,” said Giordano. “We’re not looking to hold the project up but we think [under the current plan] this is not the wisest expenditure of funds.”
Arcuri said he was unsure how willing CB5 is to take on Parks over the issue.
“It depends on how hard we want to fight and how politically involved we want to get,” Arcuri said.
He noted that the district has received generous support from the Parks Department in the past, pointing to the various improvements made over the years at parks such as Juniper Valley Park, Victory Field and Forest Park.
“We’ve had a reasonably good relationship,” Arcuri said. “I’m going to meet wit the Parks Commissioner and see what we can do.” (Daniel Bush)