Testimony of Robert LoScalzoto Queens Borough President Helen Marshallconcerning the proposed expansion of theUnited States Tennis Association National Tennis Center within Flushing Meadows Corona Park April 4, 2013I am Robert LoScalzo, a resident of Queens. I'm opposed tounnecessarily sacrificing even more parkland to the USTA.I am very concerned that you may not be aware, that USTA isperfectly capable of renovating its facilities
while keeping within itspresent footprint
, and NOT expanding onto even more parkland.USTA's EIS for this project (chapter 17) sets forth two options – the"Alternative Without Additional Park Land" and the "AlternativeWithout New Park Land Alienation" – either of which would rebuildthe USTA stadiums, in place.So if you're in favor of creating construction and trade jobs, those tworeasonable options would absolutely do so, and would also satisfyUSTA's desire for new, state-of-the-art facilities – without further encroaching into Flushing Meadows Corona Park.USTA's self-serving conclusion is that rebuilding within its currentfootprint is not acceptable to USTA.USTA wants more parkland, for two main reasons:Number One:To increase the width of a walkway inside the tennis center, to providea more luxurious experience for tennis people during just two weeksof the U.S. Open. If that walkway really isn't wide enough, U.S. Openfans would have testified at the public hearings in support of wideningit. They haven't. Solving a non-existent problem two weeks out of theyear does not justify sacrificing sacred parkland.