Let me preface this post with the usual disclaimer: I cannot substantiate any of this. At this point, it is third-hand hearsay…
However, a little bird tells me that there has been a community meeting, which apparently resulted from a series of not-so-happy letters to NYC Park Department administrators and City and State officials (all from one person, I believe), about McGolrick park and it’s rapidly deteriorating plant life. Now, it’s winter, and personally, although I had noted some degradation before everything went seasonally barren, I had not thought it to be that much of a disaster. But some people think it is bad enough to make a fuss, and they are probably better botanists than I (admittedly, not a difficult task). So, at this meeting, from what I have heard, David’s name was tossed around quite a bit, and there has apparently been talk of McGolrick Park’s former guardian angel assuming a hands on managerial/administrative role in North Brooklyn, which would place control of the fate of McGolrick’s flora directly into his formerly calloused hands, potentially good news for our nabe’s garden spot.
The folks that have assumed responsibility for keeping the park clean and tidy, and (although not a part of their job description) for keeping the indigent at bay and the kids somewhat in check, have been doing a fine job, particularly in the latter. Graham is awesome and he works very hard and does a fantastic job. But the park is understaffed, and no one that works in McGolrick Park on a daily basis is a professional gardener. It would be a wonderful benefit to perhaps add one or two more people under Graham’s supervision, and to have more frequent visits from a caring gardening staff, guided by David, who knows the park and it’s plants, and their secret lives, so well.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed and see what develops!