Athletic instructor Kiki Morris thinks Jackson Heights, Queens needs more green space. He teaches tribal fitness classes in the congested neighborhood’s only park – Travers Park – during the week. Like many residents, he says the space, which takes up less than a block, can’t hold the neighborhood’s sizable population. In 2009, Jackson Heights ranked 50 out of 51 on available playground space in NYC.
There has been some relief as of late. Local groups have banded together to make private playgrounds public, and to turn streets into pedestrian plazas. But with school letting out and summer drawing near, they fear the usual summer hassle: hundreds descending on a little, paved park.