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Brooklyn National Park Plan Hits Snag

June 28, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Earlier this month, federal officials announced a plan to revitalize the campgrounds at Floyd Bennett Field, promising $10 million worth of developments to create the nation’s largest urban campground, which may some day hold up to 600 campsites.

But now comes word that all the new plans may be overlooking some basic safety concerns, like whether the Field’s fire hydrants actually work, gothamist.com reported.

The Fire Department of New York told the New York Post that more than half of the 100 hydrants at the Field either don’t work, or don’t have the water pressure necessary to put out fires.

“It’s insane,” said environmentalist Ida Sanoff. “All you need is one out-of-control campfire or some boob camper flinging a lit cigarette.”

But that’s OK! Because the National Parks Service says that if there does happen to be a giant fiery outburst, firefighters can just suck water of of the nearby Jamaica Bay (a plan the FDNY called “very impractical and too time-consuming.”).

The nearest firehouse is in the Rockaways, about a mile away over the Marine Parkway Bridge.

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