Sportspark pool is closed, multiple advisories tell us, but the most recent tells us worse. Not about how or why a young man drowned, but about RIOC’s self-absorption at everyone else’s expense.
By David Stone
We all know folks who, no matter what’s going on, good or bad, find a way to make any conversation about themselves. RIOC’s plagued with that kind of self-absorption. In less than a week, even a tragic drowning fades behind an “It’s all about us” story.
Yes, the Sportspark pool is closed, but what about RIOC’s heart? Does it even have enough for making up one out of the whole bunch?
As we reported earlier, the state agency bungled communications in the immediate shadow of the death. They simply closed the pool, without notice, posting a sign on the door that surprised regular swimmers on Monday Morning.
And they held off any information until the Roosevelt Islander began sniffing around and got answers from FDNY.
But even then, they couldn’t bring themselves into coming clean, not even close.
“…a 21-year-old individual, who was utilizing Sportspark Pool, was rushed to Mount Sinai Queens where they were pronounced dead.”
What happened? Why? Who was the victim? RIOC’s still not saying. In fact, they’ve never even said “drowning.”
But as bad as that is, it got worse.
Sportspark pool is closed, but it’s all about RIOC now
In what’s best seen as pushback, a bungled, evasive RIOC advisory, late Friday afternoon said…
“Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) is committed to the well-being of our community and is mindful of the role Sportspark Pool plays within it. We are also in support of our staff taking time and space to process Sunday’s traumatic event. In the interim, Sportspark Pool will remain closed pending RIOC’s effort to fully restaff the pool area.”
The comments are not attributed to anyone, just an anonymous messenger. No manager, executive or board member added a single word.
Within minutes, an email from a concerned resident hit our inbox.
“Hating to be stating the obvious — how about the trauma of the victim’s family?”
In defense of a prolonged closure, RIOC laughingly pledges its commitment to community “well-being,” but fails miserably by instantly turning the subject to themselves.
Inside that compact message is the usual big me/little you attitude. Outside, the implications are huge.
What we don’t know can hurt us…
First, we still don’t know the identity of the young man who lost his life, last Sunday evening. Resident? Non-resident? Was the family notified? By whom? Did RIOC reach out with condolences?
All we know is that the victim suffered some sort of trauma in the water. A doctor just happened to be in the pool too, at the time, and pulled him out. Heroic efforts at reviving the drowning victim failed.
There is no mention anywhere of a RIOC lifeguard, pool attendant or public safety officer on or near the scene, not from any source.
So, we don’t know anything about why RIOC staff needs an extended period for processing “Sunday’s traumatic event.”
Local residents affected by witnessing it, even trying to save the young man? The victims family and friends…? All absent from the state agency’s concerns.
But what about this implication-loaded closing?
“Sportspark Pool will remain closed pending RIOC’s effort to fully restaff the pool area.”
Why is RIOC frozen in an “effort to fully restaff the pool area…?”
What happened to the staff? And why?
RIOC secrecy prevails, withholding vital information from the community paying all the bills.
More from the Roosevelt Island Daily…
- Will the Roosevelt Island Tram tumble out of New York City Transit?Don’t tell the Roosevelt Island Tram operators, but the MetroCard will be gone in a little over a year. That’s according to TimeOut New York. But what does that mean for Roosevelt Island? By David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News The Roosevelt Island Daily thanks Sylvan Klein for the heads up. The Roosevelt Island
- RIHS Returns The Elevator Storehouse Plaque Home On Roosevelt IslandEfforts by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) paid off yesterday when an original plaque from the Elevator Storehouse came home. By David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News The plaque, identifying a building providing elevator service to Roosevelt Island from the Queensboro Bridge, arrived by car. Historical Society leader Judith Berdy arranged it. She
- A Gunboat in the East River Off Roosevelt IslandA gunboat in the East River, this morning, a blast from an painful past, a reminder of the sad way we were. By David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News Twenty years ago, after the World Trade Center disaster, gunboats in the East River were a daily fixture. Walking from Manhattan Park to the subway,
- It’s Constitution Week. Lynne Shinozaki and NYPL Welcome You to Learning More“We met at the Roosevelt Island Library last Friday to promote awareness of Constitution Week,” Shinozaki says. “It’s a National Celebration to bring renewed awareness to the awesome document that our Country is based on.” The Roosevelt Island Daily News “Please stop by our Roosevelt Island Public Library, 504 Main Street, and learn more about
- KICK SOME ASS, ROOSEVELT ISLAND. MAKE THE BASTARDS LISTENMake the bastards listen, Roosevelt Island. Kick a little ass now because it’s the only path you have for running your own community. davidstone1313 See author's posts