Candidates Forum: Taking a Stand on the Slab

pele_18Mayor Bloomberg isn’t the only term-limited politician leaving behind a hotly contested empty seat.  Brooklyn is losing Borough President Marty Markowitz, and we in Fort Greene are losing Councilwoman Letitia James (now running for Public Advocate).  As a whole new crop of candidates competes to fill the void, local voters want to know if any of them can finally deliver a real home field for local sports in our community.  All candidates are hereby officially invited to answer the following three questions, and based on their responses, Turf the Slab will award “Parks and Rec Champion” endorsements.

While other Brooklyn neighborhoods are building new fields and growing sports programs, our local youth still have no home field and our community suffers the continuing division of the soccer dustbowl in Fort Greene Park.

  1. If elected, will you commit to building at least one field for soccer and other local sports in our neighborhood?
  2. Do you support building a turf field with lights on the empty concrete slab in Commodore Barry Park?
  3. Would you go a step further and push for a total renovation of Commodore Barry Park, including a Mondo running track for local runners and other mixed-use fields for a variety of local sports?

We will post the candidates responses as they are received.  Follow us and stay tuned! If you have other questions about local sports and parks improvements that you would like the candidates to answer, please feel to share them in the comments.

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