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Waterfront parks group to hold annual meeting Wednesday, will discuss plans for 2017

Feb. 21, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan

A local parks group will be previewing its upcoming programming at its annual meeting tomorrow night.

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy is holding its annual public meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Irish Center at 10-40 Jackson Avenue to share an update on its programming, vote in new board members and hear input from the public.

The meeting will go over the group’s upcoming events, said HPPC President Rob Basch, including events such as its opening party for Queens Beer Week on May 6. HPPC will be organizing that party with the non-profit Friends of Firefighters.

The meeting will also cover plans for the Summer Kids program, which ran over 40 events last summer for 2,500 people, updates on the outdoor movie schedule, and will announce the date for the second annual LIC Post 5K run, which had more than 1,200 participants in its first year, according to Basch.

The HPPC and Gantry Parents Association also are planning to release a Request For Proposals for additional children’s programming from local groups in an effort to expand the Summer Kids program.

Owner of Coffeed Frank Raffaele will also announce updates to LIC Landing for this summer.

Basch said that the board would also vote on two new members at the meeting.

“We encourage people to come out because we want to hear from the community about what they would like to see happen,” Basch said.

Following the meeting, the group will move across the street to Jackson’s Eatery for food and drink specials, and all are invited, Basch said.

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I live by the park and the last thing the park needs is more beer. Try to cross the street on a weekend; 9 out of 10 cars burn the stop signs (abt. 7 out of 10 on a weekday). The noise, the alcohol consumption, the blaring loud music from Coffeed; makes a beautiful city park a disgrace. The amount of litter on the weekend is atrocious- and there are trash cans, but some people do not use the cans. Major issue is pizza box vs round can… A big help would be pizza bins; is there a such thing as a square disposal can just for pizza boxes? At Coffeed, last summer, the trash was piled up higher then a grown man and food & supplies were left out over night (photos were in a local paper). Please take care of the park now and don’t plan any more events until proper planing to ensure safety and sanitation are in place.


The park isn’t that bad considering the volume of people that use it. Garbage is inevitable and there will always be some that litter and don’t respect rules. This is why some sort of enforcement is needed. When there is none, which is what it appears to be, issues arise. Take the other side of the park which is supposedly patrolled by State Park Police yet rules are violated consistently because they don’t address anything (other then traffic enforcement outside the park). The dog free section is anything but, marijuana consumption is common, and open alcohol is flagrant. Even with enforcement these issues will still exist but with little or none they become much more pronounced.


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