at the very nice Chelsea Recreation Center regarding the following rule amendment that impacts us all
"For applications received during the relevant application period, the Parks Department will first consider Youth Recreation (under 18) permit requests before any Adult Recreation permit requests. Adult applications will be considered after"
The City requires public hearings to institute new policy, but the truth is that it has been voted upon and already decided beforehand. They were pretty much just collecting comments and opinions.That's why many interested parties were well represented and on hand
to express their thoughts on this issue and the importance of the Power of the Permit.
Youth Advocates stated their case
Now that their permit monopoly is threatened other tried to "work something out"
Now - Boooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! I wonder if work something out means join my league, just wondering.
Admirably, Adult Softball Advocates AKA "Fievrues" stood up and gave more genuine appeals
for the love of the game and the city we live in.
While I am glad the permit process is under going long overdue changes by not just "grandfathering" request, there is a clear and present danger in a general broad Youth Leagues come first policy. What if a newly formed youth league forces a good loyal law abiding tax paying permit holder to lose their privileges? Is that fair? Of course not. No one wants to lose their permit. What it means for the future - who knows?
I have dealt with the Park's Department for 13 years and they have improved, but they still need help with this and the following issues:
- Permit Costs have increased 50%, but they have very little weekend staff due to budget cuts. This is a contradiction. Very frustrating. Poor perception
- Lack of Staff - makes it difficult to check on field use and provide proper maintenance.
- Youth Leagues needs should be more closely examined as this could be a seasonal or time related issue. Weekends are a challenge.
- Other Policy Issues that should change "Maximum time that any adult single-permit holder/league may control a field is set at 32 hours a week, per park." There is no limit or extra cost for holding a certain number of permits. This has created monopolies who hoard the fields, provide a lousy product, and over charge NYC residents/companies for very right to play on the fields they pay taxes on. This makes no sense. Institute a permit cap number.
- Another Questionable Policy - "The Park's Department reserves the right to require clean-up bond and/or liability insurance for the use of the field." Some leagues can't afford this.