Step right up and fall right down

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You don’t want to be a klutz in Fort Greene Park.

The staircases leading into, and out of, the venerable park — particularly the entrance at Willoughby Avenue and Washington Park — seem designed to trip up the clumsy of foot.

But now, another entrance is gaining, er, ground in the complaints arena.

Take a gander at the entrance on DeKalb Avenue next to the Brooklyn Hospital, and you’ll see why.

The earth between steps leading into the park has washed away, causing the steps themselves to shift apart. The result is that some steps are close together, while others require a running leap to traverse.

“It’s not in the best condition,” said Andrew Simon, a magazine editor who lives in the neighborhood. “On rainy or icy days, it’s ultra-treacherous.”

The Parks Department told The Stoop that the problem is the fault of a higher power: Mother Nature.

“It appears that sand erosion has caused some of the steps to rise about two inches in certain places,” said Phil Abramson, a spokesman for the department.

“Resetting the stairs would likely require capital funds and no funds are currently in our budget for this purpose.”

In other words, watch your step.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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