Friday, July 22, 2011
Parents group upset about number of rats in Tompkins Square Park
The rats are particularly noticeable in the recently renovated, $1.5 million playground off Ninth Street and Avenue A, The Villager reports this week.
So a group of parents have banded together, calling themselves the Tompkins Square Park & Playgrounds Parents’ Association. "'The fact that, in less than 12 months, the playground has gone from being a crown jewel of the New York playground system to a state of such disrepair is depressing,' said [group founder Chad] Marlow, whose 2-year-old daughter plays in the playground daily."
A Parks Department spokesperson said the city is willing to listen to the association’s concerns, The Villager reported.
Read the whole article here. Also, Bob Arihood has some excellent night-time photos of the rats in the wild. This may be my favorite shot from 2009. I added a few more rat links to Neither More Nor Less. Like these.
[Photo of dead rat in Tompkins Square Park by Bobby Williams]