Kids & Family

Tot Lot Volunteer Removed


After several parents complained about a volunteer at the Tot Lot on Cortelyou and Argyle being confrontational and aggressive, the Parks Department, who is responsible for the playground, has taken action to get rid of him. From Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs:

Assemblywoman Jacobs’ Community Service Office has contacted the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation about numerous complaints (over a period of time) related to a volunteer who is currently responsible for opening and closing the Cortelyou Road “Tot Lot” located at Argyle and Cortelyou Roads. In response, the Parks Department has decided to remove the volunteer in question from his duties and he will be replaced.

Assemblywoman Jacobs will continue to monitor the situation and asks that any and all future complaints and concerns be brought to her attention immediately. Her office can be reached at 718-434-0446 or via email

In addition to contacting Assemblywoman Jacobs, complaints like this can be directed to Community Board 14 (who also spoke with Parks in this situation), and the 70th Precinct. If you ever feel like you’re being harassed, at the Tot Lot or anyplace else, the police recommend you call 911.

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  1. My son always called him “the man with the bell” and the man laughed and treated my son with kindness as he gently cajoled him, and the other kids to leave the playground at closing time.

  2. My three yr. old and I have never seen any abuse.  Could this have been the work of a few overly zealous moms, with nothing better to do, on FFN?

    Who’s going to open and lock the gate now? Was he supposed to sing to the kids before he locked up?

  3. I wonder if he’s experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s. He was always kind and super friendly to our family so when I read the behavior he displayed to others recently I was not just appalled, but also concerned. It seems out of character. I hope he has family or someone to check in on him- he definitely sounds unwell.

  4. Is this the older African American guy who is always wearing a suit? If so, he’s been off his rocker lately. I had to talk him down and escort him out of the park once.

  5. Too bad, he was always very sweet when I frequented the tot lot (3 years ago?), a real caretaker kind of guy who loved the kids.

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