Joey D has staked his entire political career on a strategy of improving parks in Essex County. (And having the press show up and snap pictures.) So when the Friends of Anderson Park (FAP) shot him a message that something had gone wrong, drastically wrong, it was a little like Oprah asking James Frey for a sitdown. Essex County Executive Joseph Di Vincenzo made an appearance at the park today with an entourage of county officials and contractors to observe first hand the wacky “improvements” that have taken place. Twenty-two FAP supporters, many of them arms crossed in the official “show me” stance, accompanied the county executive as he toured the park, recently overpopulated with garbage cans and park benches. DiVincenzo admitted there were far too many cans (ya think?), and that benches facing homes and the street would have to be taken out.
DiVincenzo also assured residents that the number of sporting events will not increase, that forthcoming public restrooms will be staffed, and that the county will actually buy some more trees for the park. Hallelujah! We’ll come take pictures when it happens.