Sept. 4, 2011 By Christian Murray
If you’re looking for a park to bring the family, then Lou Lodati Park is not for you.
The park, located on Skillman Ave. (between 42nd and 43rd), is littered with drunks, those who urinate under trees, and those who expose themselves in front of people. Many residents have been complaining about these issues for years—from public defecation to gambling on soccer/volleyball games.
These events occur even when the public toilets are open, which are about 100 meters from the trees.
The park is closely watched by the police, with police detective Mark Wachter stating at a police precinct 108 meeting earlier this year that it is the most closely watched park in the precinct.
The park is scheduled to be revamped, through funding provided by Jimmy Van Bramer and Queens Borough Council president Helen Marshall. A dog run will be put in and it will be repaved and upgraded. Construction is expected to begin in September 2012.
One resident, who is a member of the Sunnyside United Dog Society, said he hopes that the upgrade will help reduce the indecency. He said there will be more people who will go to the park and will speak up.