Vandalism in McGolrick Park
by Andrew Shilling
Jul 31, 2013 | 771 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Blue graffiti spray-painted along a portion of the gated entrance to the park.
Blue graffiti spray-painted along a portion of the gated entrance to the park.
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Whether it’s cameras or increased patrols, something has to be done about the rising vandalism in McGolrick Park.

For local residents, any solution to cutting the criminal delinquents out of the picture is a welcoming thought.

When Jessica Glorieux takes her daily walk through the park with her two children, she often sees trashcans knocked over or charred after having been lit on fire the night before.

She even remembers getting a call from one of her good friends after being “hounded” on a walk home with her son.

“It’s hard to know what to do and what’s going to work, so were just going to have to play with it and see what happens,” said Glorieux, co-chair of the Friends of McGolrick Park. “My feeling with cameras is that unless they’re in every part of the park, they (vandals) would just move to parts of the park where there are no cameras.”

Cameras are one option being discussed for the park, located between Nassau and Driggs Avenues at Monitor and Russell Streets in Greenpoint, with other ideas being discussed.

Glorieux said they have been in talks with the local precinct and even tossed around the idea of bringing in social workers to talk to kids and teenagers in the park.

“Something has to happen,” she said. “We’ve even talked about adding a basketball court or a skate ramp to give a place to have the kids do their tricks instead of off the 100-year-old landmark pavilion.”

Councilman Stephen Levin has been on the case since he started receiving complaints from the community.

“The vandalism at McGolrick Park is completely unacceptable and a blight on a neighborhood that we all love and are proud to call home,” Levin said. “Together with members of the community, the Parks Department and the NYPD, we are looking at a number of options to prevent further vandalism.”

Levin said he has considered the possibility of a community block watch, increased police patrols, an earlier closing time and security cameras.

“I personally don’t think there is anything to do at the park until 1 a.m.,” Glorieux said of the current park hours. “I think curfew with additional patrol would help. Even I know the dog people tend to be there till late, so the dog park could run late and the rest of the park would close at 10 p.m.”

The Department of Parks and Recreation said they are willing to do what it takes to provide a safe environment for the community.

“We continue to work with the local police to monitor McGolrick Park and enforce park rules,” said a Parks representative on the matter.

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