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Fort Greene Park's Pathways Worst in NYC, New Report Says

By Janet Upadhye | March 13, 2013 8:22am

FORT GREENE — The Fort Greene Park pathways need a little TLC.

They have an unacceptable amount of glass, exposed tree roots and are "severely deteriorating," according to a new report put out by New Yorkers for Parks.

The independent research group conducted a survey of 43 of the city's parks over three months. Fort Greene Park received the lowest pathways score of the survey — a 31 out of 100. The average pathways score was 87 with Sunset Park and the Prospect Park Parade Grounds both receiving a score of 100.

The report noted that the pathways are especially beat-up on the northern side of the park.

Further, surveyors found that due to the former Revolutionary War fort's rolling hills and layout, hillside erosion has occurred and "the structural integrity of the exterior retaining wall is being tested by time."

But it's not all bad at the popular neighborhood park. Its bathrooms, drinking fountains, and sitting areas received perfect tens and the playgrounds picked up a nearly perfect score of 96. Overall the park scored a solid 87.