Neighbors want Bill Brown Park overhaul completed
As New Yorkers across all five boroughs headed to public parks for the warm spring weather, neighbors of Bill Brown Park in Sheepshead Bay renewed calls for the city to finish a stalled renovation project.
For one, it doesn't have a bathroom, says parkgoer Amilia Lakhter.
"If you really have to go, you will have to go back home," she says. "But if your home is very far away..."
While a permanent bathroom is under construction, the park is equipped with portable units that residents say are filthy. Neighbors say this is the second year in a row without permanent bathrooms.
And the park's sprinkler system -- which parents say is very popular among children in the warmer months -- also doesn't work.
The Parks Department says it is currently working on a huge project at the park, including the new bathroom, sewer lines and electrical work. After the project began, officials say they realized the site was in worse condition than they had planned for, which complicated the labor.
In a statement, parks officials told News 12 they expected work to be completed in August, despite the delay.