In recent weeks, I’ve been to Frank Charles Park, Spring Creek Park and the beaches by the parking lots of the Joseph Addabbo bridge on Crossbay Boulevard. It is really disgusting to see the amount of trash along the beaches of Jamaica Bay. Among the usual collection of bottles, cans and debris, we have families coming to the beach and conducting religious ceremonies. They bring bags of food, which are dumped into the water, and all the seagulls, geese and swans go into a feeding frenzy. They leave behind hundreds of clay pots with candles, coconuts, fruit, reams of colored cloth, plastic bags and even religious pictures in glass frames.
How can this go on in a natural wildlife area? When I asked a park ranger at the Visitors Center, he acknowledged it’s a big problem and they are working with the community. I didn’t witness any signs discouraging these acts or is it a case of religious freedom?
The National Park Service hasn’t done a very good job in Queens. Jacob Riis Park is in a dismal condition, Spring Creek Park has a rusted car and trailor along with rusted construction pipes along the beach and the ATV and dirtbike crowd have free reign to race in the sand dunes. There isn’t any police presence at all. My wife and I were shocked that Frank Charles Park had so much litter. We filled three large garbage bags and gave up. We could have filled ten more.
Why doesn’t the National Parks Department (NPS) give the land to the New York City Parks Department? The NPS admit that they don’t have the funds to do a good job and are facing future budget cuts. The NYC Parks Department does a pretty good job and recently we’ve seen many large capital projects in Queens such as new parks, pools and ice rinks.
Stop the dumping on Jamaica Bay. Keep our beaches clean.