Residents cut gate to Middleton Playground in Williamsburg, demand reopening

Frustrated parents cut the gate at Middleton Playground in Williamsburg Monday as they continue to demand that community parks be allowed to reopen.

News 12 Staff

Jun 16, 2020, 5:01 PM

Updated 1,432 days ago

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Frustrated parents cut the gate at Middleton Playground in Williamsburg Monday as they continue to demand that community parks be allowed to reopen.
The New York City Parks Department tells News 12 that all playgrounds are closed because of the pandemic, but some say it's unfair that they aren't allowed in a place where their families and neighbors go to escape.
"If there was a problem with coronavirus why is there only a problem with coronavirus when it comes to the parks and the kids," says Williamsburg resident Moshe Blum. "We all saw the Black Lives Matters passing by our neighborhood probably 20 times in the past two weeks, and there's no problem with social distancing. There's no problem with the coronavirus there."
The Parks Department came to Middleton Playground on Monday to weld it closed, and then later came back with a chain. 
However on Tuesday, the park was open again.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says playgrounds are needed, but that residents are not allowed to reopen themselves.
"We're not going to allow people to take the law into their own hands," de Blasio says. "People are not allowed to open." 
The mayor says playgrounds will not reopen until phase two, which he says could be as early as June 22.
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