Contested Plan for Randall's Island Parks to Benefit School Sports

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A plan to pump more private funding into the parks on Randall's Island goes before a city panel for a vote tomorrow. The proposal would give 20 private schools first dibs on sports fields during after-school hours. That's if they pay the city a total of $52.4 million, over a twenty-year period.

REPORTER: But for one student at the Dalton School, an 11th grader named Rebecca, the deal wouldn't be fair to members of the public.

REBECCA: Like, there's like one guy who like, plays soccer by himself. It's still like if he wants to do that he should do that. It's public property.

REPORTER: The initiative has been criticized by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer but is supported by Mayor Bloomberg.

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