FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE99-43
June 18, 1999
Contact: Geoff Ryan (718/595-5371)
Parking Restrictions At Ashokan Reservoir
Because an increasing number of vehicles have been parking on road shoulders and creating hazardous traffic conditions at the western end of the promenade near the dividing weir of the Ashokan Reservoir, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has closed the shoulders to parking and is redirecting drivers to the "Frying Pan," a safer parking area at the eastern end of the promenade. The newly restricted area is near the 'T' intersection of Reservoir and Monument Roads, next to a sharp, hilly turn in the road. As a result, approaching vehicles have short sight distances.
"The space is frequently overcrowded with parked vehicles, which unload bicycles and, more importantly, children, hikers and roller bladers," said DEP Commissioner Joel A. Miele Sr., P.E. "The situation is unsafe and has become an accident waiting to happen. In fact, a few near accidents have been reported to me recently, one of which involved a young child."
"I want to make it clear," said Commissioner Miele, "that DEP is not limiting public access to the promenade, which is enjoyed by residents and visitors throughout the year. The safer, larger parking area at the eastern end of the promenade is on a dead end road, Frying Pan Lane, and can accommodate over 70 vehicles.
"I regret any inconvenience this may cause the public, but I would never forgive myself if a child or other visitor were injured as a result of keeping this hazardous parking area open to public use."