Written by Wendy Kreitzman Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Park District is set to include surveillance cameras for the Village Green in the upcoming 2014 park budget. Park District Commissioner Robert Lincoln told the Great Neck Record that “so far we have included funding (for these security cameras) in our 2014 budget.” Lincoln said that they already have such security cameras for the park district’s Parkwood Sports Complex on Arrandale Avenue.
Park District Superintendent Peter Renick said that the cameras at Parkwood are through-out the complex, including cameras at the Parkwood indoor tennis courts. These cameras have been in place for the past two years. Renick explained that the cameras at the Parkwood complex are “strategically placed” to help avoid “incidents” and to watch for possible thefts and misplaced property.
The Village Green currently has lights and motion detectors, particularly in the “darker areas” of the Village Green. If someone is detected, at night, in such areas, the lights automatically turn out. The Village Green, which is on Middle Neck Road in the Village of Great Neck, but is operated by the park district, has recently been the scene of one criminal stabbing incident, as well as several other more minor, but no less possibly dangerous incidents. Neighbors in surrounding residential areas complain about the noise, the litter left from over-night (including beer cans, beer bottles and liquor bottles and the groups that congregate in the dark.
Following the stabbing incident a few months ago, park district officials, Old Village officials and the Nassau County Police became acutely aware of the Village Green issues and of the potential dangers there. The cameras are part of plans to alleviate possible future problems.
Although the park district is still working on the 2014 budget, it is anticipated that cameras in the Village Green will be a part of that budget.