Parks Commissioner Benepe's Exit Interview

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Outgoing NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe reflects upon his ten years overseeing the Parks Department, talks about the future of NYC Parks and his move to the Trust for Public Land.


Commissioner Adrian Benepe

Comments [9]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

foodaggro from Brooklyn, Uncle Leo is very proud.

Jun. 20 2012 11:00 AM

The parks have been one of the few real Bloomberg success stories. But I do question the decisions that made access to many of the facilities more difficult for people who aren't more affluent. Amanda from Park Slope mentioned the tennis court fees... the priority given to PRIVATE SCHOOLS to use the fields on Randall's Island... the forcing out of local vendors in Brooklyn parks who sold authentic South American food at the soccer games (particularly when it was a source of income for these immigrants)... the attempt to build an upscale restaurant in Union Square Park and forcing out the long standing art sellers.

Jun. 19 2012 12:11 PM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Jerry, are you listening to this? The parks commissioner is recommending your cousin Jeffrey for a citation!

Jun. 19 2012 11:43 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Great man! Sorry to see him go. And he is right about the media. The media is just muckraking liberal malcontents who manufacture and breed on real or contrived controversies. Will we ever again have a media that actually reports happy news for a change?

The parks are a big GOOD NEWS STORY and I wish the media would emphasize it instead of always looking for minor flaws.

Jun. 19 2012 11:42 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Public funding is subject to "political whims"? What, private funders don't have whims? & big egos? & the means to prop up those egos w/their donations?

Jun. 19 2012 11:39 AM
matthew from Harlem

Could we find out more about the involvement Comm. Benepe had with pushing the artists out of Union Square? A real New Yorky part of New York was excised when those artists were forced to lost in a time of high unemployment and 1st amendment rights impinged upon


Jun. 19 2012 11:34 AM
Alex from Brooklyn NY

why is what he is doing not the typical "revolving door" between government, lobbyists, and non-profits??

Jun. 19 2012 11:29 AM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from BK

Mr. Benepe leaves a legacy of having killed thousands of Canada Geese at New York City Parks when there were many non lethal alternatives.

Jun. 19 2012 11:29 AM
Amanda from Park Slope

Can we ask Mr. Benepe about the Parks Tennis permits and the 200% increase in fees to use public courts? Has the number of players dropped off throughout the city or only in the outer boroughs such as Brooklyn. Out here, unlike Central Park, many people could not afford to pay $200 for a season pass for public courts or $15/hour EACH to use the court without the pass. This was another regressive tax on middle class families by the Bloomberg Administration. Mr. Benepe told those of us who complained in Brooklyn that we should consider taking up a free activity such as kayaking or running instead of using our tax paid for public tennis courts. Thank you.

Jun. 19 2012 11:18 AM

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