Dear Mayor de Blasio:
The Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. is a civic organization covering the Auburndale section of Flushing and western Bayside. We have over five hundred members. You came to address our members at one of our monthly meetings when you were the Public Advocate.
We are writing to you today because we are concerned to hear that there are plans to rent out Flushing Meadows Corona Park to for-profit enterprises like concert promoters and the like. These rentals may affect the ability of local people to utilize the park for several days at a time. This we find totally objectionable.
So many people rely on Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a place for recreation and relaxation. It is a heavily used park, especially on weekends. It must always be open to the public.
If this park is rented out to a for-profit organization, there must be a policy put into place so that the park can still be used by the public. Along the same lines, no permit should be granted to any group whose request would essentially close the entire park to the public. Also, there are many other impacts that any type of entertainment event would have on the park and the surrounding communities that must be taken into account. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz outlined those concerns in her letter to you regarding this matter.
We hope that all of these concerns will be addressed by you and other stakeholders, so that the park is always available for public use. Flushing Meadows Corona Park truly is the “backyard” of the working class people of Queens and that reality must be protected and respected at all costs.
First Vice President
Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc.