Watchdog says Bronx bombs test rating city parks

THE BRONX - The Bronx has the unpleasant distinction of being home to the city's worst park, according to an organization's annual report card.

The watchdog group New Yorkers for Parks rated Spuyten Duyvil Shorefront Park at 32 percent. Nearby residents agree, saying the park is more like a forest.

The borough scored poorly overall, with many parks earning a C- or below. The organization evaluated 24 Bronx parks and more than 100 parks citywide based on cleanliness, bathroom facilities, playing fields and playgrounds.

While no Bronx parks got high marks, Parkchester's Watson Gleason Playground and Concourse Village's Franz Sigel Park came close.

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation counters that nine out of 10 city parks meet acceptable cleanliness standards.

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