Councilman Lew Fidler joined DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn early this rainy morning so that he could show the Commissioner why a traffic signal is desperately needed at the site of the renovated park and playground. Seba Park has been restored from its state as a rubble strewn lot to include a skate park and tot lot. A comfort station is near completion and funding is in place for an expansion of the children’s play area to include equipment for the somewhat older siblings of the children expected to use the tot lot.
“I wanted the Commissioner to understand that we are inviting parents to cross Gerritsen Avenue from their homes, pushing a stroller with one hand and holding the hand of an 8 year old in the other, with no cross walk and no traffic light. Nine years ago, before we invested in our neighborhood park and there was literally nothing here, there was no need for a traffic light. Now there is, and it is not about car traffic, it is about pedestrian safety. Having a light that is steady
green, but can be changed by a pedestrian waiting to cross by pushing a button is just what we need.”, said Councilman Fidler.
“I want to thank the Commissioner for coming down and looking for herself. We’ve been writing and writing and been getting the stuffy old traffic study answers. There is no substitute for seeing,” added Fidler.
The Commissioner promised a prompt answer to the request. “The Commissioner said she has young children herself so she clearly gets it” noted Fidler. “I am guardedly optimistic.”
Renovations to Seba Park were funded in Phase I by joint allocations from Councilman Fidler, then Assemblyman Frank Seddio, Senator Marty Golden and Boro President Markowitz. Subsequent funding for the tot lot, comfort station and playground expansion has been obtained by Councilman Fidler, Assemblyman Maisel and Boro President Markowitz.