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Dr. Johns Playground Gushing Water into Street


Dr. Johns Playground (PS 277 Playground) has been gushing water onto Gerritsen Avenue all summer.

If you watch the video above – you can see that if the park’s sprinklers are on the water then the Gerritsen Avenue entrance to the playground is flooded. Somehow the main drain next to the sprinklers never reaches a sewer but has to be clogged somewhere. Since water will always find a place to go, it is rapidly flowing the OUT of a drain on the Gerritsen Avenue sidewalk flooding it.

42 comments to Dr. Johns Playground Gushing Water into Street

  • bagels

    I think it was recently reported that someone died from contracting West Nile virus. Mosquitoes love that standing water.

  • KICK IN THE BUTT

    Advised GBPO two years ago when the flow was a lot slower

  • trainman

    Firstly I am so excited that I posted before the two Anonymous!!!!

    I hope they're feeling okay and there not under the weather.

    The sprinkler problem at Dr. John's Park has been going on for a number years. As I reached deeper and deeper into my pockets to pay my water bill, I'm just wondering why this city/Park Department doesn't use recycling equipment so they don't waste the water.

    I guess the powers that be are not that interested when they don't have to dig into their own pockets to pay for our water.

    • resident

      you cant recycle that water with all the dirt that would be in and you want to spray it out of the sprinkler over and over

      • trainman

        You're right Resident about recycling the water and it would probably clog the sprinklers.

        I'm sure the technology is available to treat this water so it can be recycled. This isn't just one Park were talking about here; there are literally dozens of parks throughout the city that are just pissing our water away like we have an endless supply.

        When this lack of concern by the city results in a water shortage, you know who they're going to come after, don't you.

      • Beachwalker

        Not to mention urine being in the water. There are no restrooms at that park, where do you think the little tykes are going? Why didn't they re install bathrooms there? It seems to me it would have been alot easier to reconnect the old pipes and put restrooms back in 277 Park rather than break ground and run all new plumbing to build new bathrooms all the way at the other end of the Ave.

  • Maybe they need to shut the sprinkler off until they can clean the storm sewers out. The problem will get even worse if they don't.

  • anon

    This has been going on for two years. I, too, have reported it several times using 311. Have also called our congressman; all to no avail. This is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, as well as a great way to begin a sink hole. Waiting for the day when it collapses!!!!

  • Beachwalker

    And yet they have the money for lots of new construction. I wish a Parks employee would post about it, but the problem is that jobs in the Parks Dept that used to take care of cleaning out the drains are now farmed out to outside contractors. Where are they? I checked the Parks Website just the other day to look for job oportunties for some young people and guess what? You CAN"T GET a job with parks unless you are on welfare! There is no open application process at all. The only jobs that you could apply for are high up positions, like boro commissioner, requiring a Masters Degree. ALL entry level jobs can ONLY be applied for thru your caseworker from public assistance. Hot Crap, eh? And you wonder why young people who do the right thing and graduate HS, but aren't interested or can't afford college are pissed off? This mayor has ruined this city for the middle class.

    • Anonymous

      Totally agree with you beachwalker! We will end up paying for this. Watch just how high our water bills get. Pass it on to the middle class. I am fed up with this mayor!!

      • bagels

        What really pissed me off about the increase in the water bills was the fact that people had cut back their usage in response to a previous hike which resulted in a decrease in revenue to the city. The middle class reward?…Another hike to account for the shortfall. The city balances their budget on the backs of the middle class. King Bumberg is actually considering charging people for garbage pick up.

        • Beachwalker

          Yes Bagels, and Con Ed rewards us for conservation the same way. That accounted for their last increase which we are also feeling now. My electric bill is up 50.00 from the same period last year. And my pay? No raise since 2007. How are we supposed to live?

  • sorry for you all

    Beachwalker: This all brings us back to the twisted circle {pretzel} of the politicial corruption of Melinnium Developement and their overseers Bergen Basin Comm. Developement Corp…Why are no Parks jobs available ? Because rather than hire new staff. Just go to Lew Fidler or Maisel and get public money {6 Million} and get a bunch of low paid "volunteers" to do this work and pccket a bunch of money for your socalled Community Service Group…. And kick a little back to your politicians…….. Nice game I told you Dan there is a bigger story with your article 2 weeks ago. I think it all ties into something

    By the way Dan ** Give your shoes a polish !!!!!!

    • GerritsenBeach.net

      That HD video is fun, you can tell my shoes need a polish!

      I figured you guys would comment on my fun intro song!

  • Anonymous

    There's been a new advertisement in the media recently advising that standing water should be reported to the Health dept. maybe a few dozen calls to them will force a simple repair to be made.

  • Anonymous

    the water bill was introduced about 30 years ago to try to regulate usage because of what they claimed was a shortage in those days..but now with "global warming"and supposedly melting glaciers raising water levels at an alarming rate shouldnt the reservoirs be full enough?,or is it the same thing like when they told you there would be no more toll charge once the verrazano bridge's cost to build is covered

    • trainman

      I haven't been up to the Catskills in a couple of years but if memory serves me correctly I don't recall any glacier runoff into New York's reservoirs.

      But seriously folks…….

      I really think we need to spend less time on what's happening in Washington and pay more attention to our own backyard.

  • sorry for you all

    Trainman: Nice to see you back was getting worried about you….. It is very much important to watch what is going on locally. The only problem with that thinking today, is that the Federal Gov"t is getting more and more involved in everything we do from fishing to roller skateing…. Anyhow about standing water and mosquitoes. Recent reports out of Florida are showing that mosquitoes are carrying Dengue Fever a deadly disease which has'nt been seen there since the 1930's . It is a real killer and down there they are recommending spraying yourself with Deet…. Hope that swamp can be drained off soon.

    • trainman

      Thanks for the concern, sorry, I need to keep on schedule. Just this evening by Union Pacific freight left the station three minutes late. I had freight trains backed up to Chicago LOL

      As far as mosquitoes are concern, just today a representative of our fair city who is reporting about another case of West Nile virus in Staten Island suggested that people should avoid going out at sunrise and sunset and should wear long pants and longsleeved shirts. This birdbrain is recommending this advice while we are in the midst of a heat wave. What scares me the most about this rocket scientist is we are paying for this advice.

      The way I see it is that the park department employee who turn on the shower is not responsible for clogged sewers and therefore he doesn't get involved. No memo to the city. He probably doesn't even mention it to his supervisor who is busy trying to keep cool somewhere.

      You may be right about the federal government getting more involved in our lives but the impact I feel from our city and state governments is really putting a damper on my standard of living and quality of life. I've been stating for a long time now that we need to vote out incumbents which seems harder and harder to do. I just read recently that 11 as of 33 New York politicians who are running for reelection this November will run unopposed.

      So how do we vote them out?

      • anon

        I live across from the park and I am there just about every day; the water does not immediately start to puddle when sprinklers are turned on. It takes about an hour for it to start really coming up. The heavier the sprinklers are on the more water is left standing…..common sense really. When someone gets hurt (collapse of the sidewalk) or sick that is when the city will do something.

  • mike24611

    Beachwalker is on the money,i was in there yesterday with my kid and there was some kid who was 7 or 8 pulling his shorts aside and letting it flow.so I went to the mother who was sitting on the next bench, but since my russian is rusty she had no idea what i was saying. And the amount of leaves and garbage is unreal

    • Beachwalker

      Thanks Mike24611. This isn't just us either. Marine Park is a pig sty, Prospect Park is a pig sty, not to mention there is no control over there. There was a goose with an arrow in his neck a few weeks ago from a crossbow, how can someone get away with that? A crossbow is not a small thing to conceal. Where are the Parkies? The BarBQ-ing should be banned, people are slobs. I would imagine alot of them are disgruntled, lazy workers who have the job not because they wanted it but because they are forced into it. Now don't get me wrong, I am all for getting the physically able the hell off the dole and into gainful employment, but does that mean we have to accept filthy parks in disrepair? Isn't there any supervision?

    • Anonymous

      Oh I am sure she knew exactly what you were saying! I don't by that she did not understand.

  • Anonymous

    I called 311 and while on the phone, they filled out an official complaint form to the Dept of Parks and Recreation. I gave them my contact information. I would advise others to do the same.

    • Anonymous

      Reporting it to Parks is a waste of time, they haven't done anything in the last 2 -3 years, call and report it to Health Department for the standing water in a park around small children

      • Anonymous

        Its not a watse of time, its about the volume of calls so call both places. I would also recommend placing the calls through 311 so this way 311 has the statistics also. Believe me – it adds up.

      • Anonymous

        I just got a call back from Parks – they will be taking a look at it to see if the trees surrounding the park are clogging the pipes. I'm telling you folks CALL 311 and fill out the forms for PARKS!

  • anon

    Just called 311 again; had to laugh at the 7 different languages on the greeting!

    • Anonymous

      Its about time that they enforce ENGLISH as a requirement to live here. so many people use that excuse for not understanding. BS learn the language if i went to their countries to live (not that I would) love my country I would have to learn the language to communicate. So press 1

      and learn ENGLISH PLEASE!!!

      • Don't swim in J

        Amen to that and how about giving people who come here from other countries to live and work some basics on how things work here. I work with a Jamaican who peed outside every day. When I said to him, "don't do that, it goes into the storm sewers and right into the water people swim in." He said, "where do you think it goes when you flush the toilet? The same place!". I explained sewage treatment plants and he was amazed. He said in Jamaica it all just goes into the water. He just didn't know and stopped peeing on the trees. They should be given some kind of handbook with their green cards to give them the basics on hygiene and rules etc. Now if I could only get him to stop blowing his nose onto the street!

        • Anonymous

          'cause you know Americans don't pee in the bushes, lol.

          But yeah I know what you mean – like Europeans that don't like to use deodorant. Or recently when the Chinese had to instruct their citizens about how not to spit all over the floors during the Olympics. There are definitely some cultural differences that take time to change.

        • Anonymous

          why even let them in ? Lock the gates

      • Anonymous

        Just curious, would your English enforcement require grammar and spelling as well? lol

        Anyway, the government takes away the immigrant's incentive to learn the language and culture by publishing documents in foreign languages and requiring bi-lingual education classes in schools – that’s for sure.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see it will be another summer of water flowing out from the park to street, what I think this will be the 7th year in a row. What a great job the Parks Department does making the parks safe for everyone. I wonder did our great Mayor also raise the water rates for the idiots in the Parks Department

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe that they didn’t put silicone in the paint used under the sprinkler. It’s a slippery as all hell for the kids running on it when wet.

  • George Broadhead

    For over two years, the problem of ‘water waste’ has been washed down the drain. Recently, DEP cleaned out the blocked drain in front of the bus shelter on Gerritsen & Ave. X, where the water runs continuously from the sprinkler in Dr. Johns Park. That cleared up the blocked drain and cut back some of the huge puddling, but there are still puddles on the path to and from the park, and in front of the bus stop. Senator Marty Golden had a staff member contact the Dept. of Parks following our renewed effort to stop the waste of water. Now that we have water meters and increased rates, the city bureaucrats must feel free to waste one of the most precious commodities in the world. what wouldn’t the drought plagued farmers in the
    west pay for that water! Where are our vociferous environmentalists? The rationale behind leaving the sprinkler running 24/7 has been need for people to cool off during the heat wave. That’s no reason the water can’t be turned off by a Parks Dept. employee when it gets dark. Call the Mayor’s office and your elected representatives. By the way, most people don’t attempt to walk on the waterway path, they are creating new paths on the grass.

  • Anonymous

    As a vociferous environmentalist, I’m not that upset by it. For birds and wildlife, especially in the summer, fresh water is far more an issue than finding adequate food. Often, you will notice birds or entire flocks drinking and bathing there. Since we live in a city that cares little for it’s wildlife, unlike other cities that provide places for them to drink and bathe, I don’t care if they ever fix it. It’s not THAT much water, not like a broken main. And especially in the recent heat wave and drought it was probably the only source of fresh water for miles around. At the end of the summer, if you are observant, you’ll see all kinds of migrating birds stopping by for a drink and a quick bath. Too bad it isn’t on all year and really too bad that it isn’t an actual fountain meant for this purpose, but the birds and other animals don’t care they just need fresh water.

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