Southern Brooklyn

Mr. Mayor, Tear Down This (Manhattan Beach) Fence!


As Memorial Day nears, the Parks Department is working to get Manhattan Beach Park back in shape for the summertime. Replacement picnic benches and tables for the ones destroyed by Superstorm Sandy were delivered months ago and are now in storage.

However, one of the partially destroyed fences, which separates the beach and picnic area, has also been removed. My question is why do need it and should it be replaced?

Its purpose was to keep visitors from entering the grassy area. Some people do not like the sand and would prefer to sprawl out on the grass, but this is not allowed. Many other city parks allow visitors onto the grass. You are even allowed to walk on the grass in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and lay down a blanket.

I would like to know what makes Manhattan Beach Park so different that the grass is so holy that it cannot be stepped upon? Why should you only be able to view the grassy areas and not be able to use them?

It seems to me that the money to replace the fences that have already been removed could be put to better use. We already have a large grassy area right in front of the park on Oriental Boulevard that is fenced off. Why should the smaller area near the sand also be fenced off? How much more maintenance would be required to keep it open? Wouldn’t the enjoyment that opening this area would bring far outweigh the additional maintenance, which would just involve some occasional cleanup?

Should we not  be able to enjoy our parks? Do you think the small, previously fenced off grassy area near the sand by Ocean Avenue should remain closed?

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  1. Perhaps the grass would be destroyed by the salt water on recumbent bathers, a condition that does not occur at the aforementioned botanical garden. Salt water from Sandy has made the evergreens ever brown in Manhattan Beach, as was just reported by this very site.

  2. Pitiful as it was, it was the only dog run for miles around, but a lot of people wanted it gone. Sadly, Sandy damage probably just put another nail in its coffin.

  3. didn’t you know, grass in rich people’s neighborhoods is for looking, not touching… (same thing in Battery Park City)

  4. That small patch shown was Okay to jump the fence and layout on in the 60’s. It was the second fence and the grass areas on Oriental that the Parks Department used to throw us off of when we were playing Thumper!
    If there is a part of Manhattan Beach that is out of the sun and sand i am all for it being available to beach goers……Keeping a dog run in definitely necessary.
    What’s up with the food concession? Can we get BBQ in there?

  5. That food concession is something else that needs looking into. They claim it is a losing proposition, so they need the parking lot to get income. That lot is a gold mine and they do nothing to maintain it other than patching an occasional pothole. The lines where to park are practically invisible, having not been even repainted in over ten years.

  6. Grass is bad for you. You shouldn’t eat it whether you want to or not. Thus, it should be banned. An immediate vote by the board of health is in order. Ban all the grass before it’s too late.

  7. Well sadly people that live in the area can’t seem toick up their dog poo from the sidewalk 1/2 the time. I can’t imagine what a nice grassy spot would look like after a day! I know I walk my dogs daily and we have to either dodge other peoples mess or clean it up..gross!!sure wish they would start fining people who don’t pick up, maybe that would put an end to the nasty people walking their well dressed dogs

  8. Thank you for being smart about your dogs’ messes, even if it’s gross. It’s better than just letting people step in it and start smelling like…THAT.

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