Letter: No soccer stadium for Queens

An aerial view of the site for a An aerial view of the site for a proposed soccer stadium at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. The park would be built over the Fountain of Planets area. At right is the Van Wyck Expressway. Photo Credit: Major League Soccer

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I would have no objection to Major League Soccer in Queens, unless it means the usurpation of public parkland ["Soccer could score in Queens," Editorial, Jan. 4]. That is precisely the issue involved in the proposal to construct a stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

There is no rational basis to permit yet another non-park structure in this park. The area has been grossly neglected by the city and needs repairs, which should be accomplished with tax dollars. Economic gain has no place when it comes to public parkland.

Newsday's editorial suggests there is public support for this stadium, but that is not correct. Major League Soccer paid to have a poll conducted, and pollsters did not give a full picture of the project. More than half the respondents said they knew very little about the issue.

Benjamin M. Haber, Flushing

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