Recently in Woodhaven there was much activity with the filming of the comedy “The Sitter” at the Forest Park carousel.
It was sad knowing that after seeing the carousel and its regal horses for the first time in two years we knew that after filming the gates would come down and again it will go unused and unavailable to our communities and our children.
It is time for New York City Parks and Recreation to treat the Forest Park Carousel as the treasure it is. It is time to engage a professional artisan for its care and repair, and find someone with a passion for carousels to be the concessionaire.
In this way they will create an atmosphere that will preserve the carousel and make it a financial success as well as an enjoyable and entertaining destination for Queens and New York City. To do this, the “lowest bidder” procedure has to be waived.
This procedure will only lead to an abusive uncaring individual winning this bid as we have seen in the past. This is not just another plastic “Merry Go Round”, this is a historic treasure- our Forest Park Carousel, our jewel. The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation has been trying for the last 15 years to have it be designated a Historic Landmark, and we have submitted all the necessary documentation so that this may be accomplished.
In this way it could be protected and preserved for future generations. I hope Commissioner Robert B. Tierney is reading this letter, for now is the time!
Maria A. Thomson
Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation