Putnam Trail: NYC Public Design

Submitted by ub on Thu, 01/12/2012 - 14:44

The NYC Public Design Commission recommended a STONE DUST surface for the Putnam Trail in May 2010. The Van Cortlandt Park Administrator Margot Perron said that, “strong support for the paved (asphalt) surface by community bike riders was sufficient in judgment of DPR” to overturn the qualified recommendation of the NYC Public Design Commission. Is this really how decisions are made now? Who are these “community bike riders” who make the decisions for the entire community regarding how $2.5 million in taxpayers funds are spent?

If this concerns you and you are interested, contact the NYC Public Design Commission and ask them to reopen the review of the Putnam Trail and revert back to their original recommendation of a stone dust surface which is what a majority of the community wants. Please ask the NYC Parks Dept. to produce evidence of all of these “community bike riders” who showed overwhelming support for asphalt paving.

Please contact the NYC Public Design Commission at this link

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