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Jayne Park Debate Continues on Facebook Consensus Has Not Been Reached

August 19, 2014

The following postings are from the Cayuga Island Facebook page.

It is hardly representational of what Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has called a "consensus" in support of his administration's plan for Jayne Park.

And while we applaud the mayor's willingness to listen to the concerns of the people of Cayuga Island, and his and senior planner Tom DeSantis' avowal that a canoe launch and parking lot are not part of the new Jayne Park plan, we nevertheless are not convinced that there is any necessity for an asphalt walking trail or the overlook.

In fact, we are not convinced that any and all the real work required at Jayne Park could not be done as seasonal maintenance (much of is deferred maintenance anyway) and for a whole lot less than even the city's share ($145,000) of the matching grant.

Some of the comments posted show dissatisfaction and confusion, much of it started after the Niagara Falls Reporter first broke the story in 2009 that Dyster and DeSantis had a much more intrusive plan for Jayne Park.

They have since modified the plan, but even this one is not one that has achieved any meaningful level of consensus.

"I am not excited about the walking path. The rest sounds good. They gave all the other playgrounds equipment, why not Jayne?"

Tina Cosentino Flynn

August 13, 2014

"I don't trust them I wish they would leave the park alone"

Chantale Silvestro-Gugino

August 12, 2014

"Why can't a green space remain a green space without the fluff? And who's to say the city would maintain this new "park." I sympathize with the islanders."

Sue Sepe Fritsche

August 6, 2014

"This publication (The Niagara Falls Reporter) prints this exact article every three months. All this article does is speculate without offering any facts. It's trying to stir up a reaction." (Piccirillo was commenting on the "Me Mayor Dyster, you Jayne Park" article in the NF Reporter)

Seth Piccirillo

August 6, 2014

"99% of us do not want any changes in the park."

Christina DeDario-Burridge

August 6, 2014

Or as one longtime Cayuga Island resident said, "I wish the city would just mow and go."





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