There was some chatter on Wednesday’s Open Thread about soccer players who take up the entire turf field at Cadman Plaza Park and don’t leave much room for kids, sunbathers, and others. We talked with Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson about the matter, who said:
This field is an open lawn area that is open to the entire public. We do not and will not issue athletic permits for leagues to have games here. [It’s] not that people can’t kick a soccer ball around, but it should not occupy the entire area because we want people to be able to lay on blankets, have picnics, etc. as well. If they are indeed taking up the whole area, then our Parks Enforcement Officers can tell them not to do so. I will advise them to keep an eye on this over here.