Monkey business at jungle gym

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Long Island College Hospital says it’s going to fix up dilapidated playgrounds on its Cobble Hill campus this summer after a flurry of complaints from parents thrust the beleaguered hospital into action.

The medical center, which has been criticized in the past for poorly maintained equipment and grounds that get flooded after storms in the three Henry Street play areas, says it will repair drainage and replace broken swings.

“We understand that families are sometimes frustrated, but we are addressing it,” said Jim Mandler, a spokesman for LICH. “Hopefully by the end of summer, the park will have gone through some renovation and be back in tip-top shape.”

Mandler said some of the renovation will require closing the park for a couple of days, so the work has been tentatively scheduled for August — a time of “lighter use.”

The repair job is just what parents have been looking for, but some say LICH’s track record leaves something to be desired.

Parents say the kid zones have been more jungle than jungle gym since the hospital won a protracted conflict in 1994 to build a 430-car garage on the site of Van Vorhees Park, at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Hicks Street, in exchange for building and keeping up the three Henry Street playgrounds.

“They want to do is as little as possible — that’s clear,” said Jason Licht, a neighbor. He claimed that the hospital would never deal with rats, rundown equipment and a disagreeable stench from clogged drains if parents didn’t speak up.

“It’s a forgotten place that doesn’t exist if nobody complains about it,” he said.

The century-plus-old medical center is under pressure from more than parents. Last month, doctors and other staffers rallied to protest poor management by Continuum Partners, which operates the debt-riddled facility.

Updated 5:07 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

IM from Brooklyn Heights says:
What LICH needs to work on is not the jungle gym outside but the zoo inside-!
Aug. 3, 2008, 10:53 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: