Sportspark Pool Reopening Under a Cloud of Unanswered Questions

Sportspark Pool Reopening Under a Cloud of Unanswered Questions

RIOC’s Sportspark Pool reopening emerges from a cloud of confusion and mistrust over an apparent drowning, last month. Never explained, the incident claimed the life of a 21 year old man., according to skimpy reports.

By David Stone

Roosevelt Island Daily News

RIOC, the state agency that never makes a mistake, released an advisory, after hours on Thursday before a summer weekend. As is also its custom, the advisory uses “no-reply” formatting; so that, folks receiving the message may not respond.

Although there is no evidence of wrongdoing or negligence, RIOC’s steadfast refusal to supply basic details is troubling. Generally, people with nothing to hide don’t hide anything, and RIOC hides whatever it can get away with. And then some.

Under the leadership of president/CEO Shelton J. Haynes, secrecy thrives as a government standard. The community pays all the bills, but RIOC fends off accountability like its a nest of angry hornets.

The Sportspark Pool Reopening Advisory

Here it is in all its clumsiness and opacity:

“Please be advised that, after a previous closure, Sportspark Pool will reopen on Monday, June 7th for normal operating hours:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday, 7:30 AM – 3 PM
  • Saturday – Sunday, 10:30 AM – 6 PM
  • Closed: Thursday

“Kindly note that standard COVID—19 operating procedures will continue to be followed and admittance will be free for all.”

The Unknowns

While the state agency takes a “Trust me” position without support, it leaves critical questions unanswered.

  • The identity and cause of death of the 21 year old victim.
  • Roles played by RIOC personnel on the scene. (We know that another swimmer, not a lifeguard, pulled the victim out of the water.)
  • Why was restaffing necessary as RIOC reported in an advisory?
  • Did RIOC leadership contact the victim’s family or send condolences?
  • What did RIOC’s internal investigation find and why was one required?
  • Who was the manager of Sportspark, responsible for safety and accountability?

Not only is RIOC’s refusal to answer legitimate question another sign of failed leadership, it signals a singular lack of responsibility.

How long with Governor Cuomo, ultimately responsible for this debacle of a state agency, look away? When will state assembly member Rebecca Seawright step up and represent constituents here instead of turning a blind eye on RIOC?

Neither has said a word about the death of this young man or RIOC’s role in handling the tragedy.

More from the Roosevelt Island Daily News

  • Is it expensive living on Roosevelt Island? Not when you know where to look
    “This just made me so sad for this lovely Island… “I just observed a woman urinating in a cup in the sitting area at top of subway steps/elevators.  No public safety, no NYC police and no mta  employees visible. By David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News “I have only been working on RI 5
  • Happy Pride at Roosevelt Island Graduate Hotel
    Graduate Roosevelt Island hosts Happy Pride, a series of pop-ups from NYC favorites on Saturday, June 26th. Graduate recently opened at the entrance to the Cornell Tech campus. The Roosevelt Island Daily News So, what’s up with Happy Pride The event includes Big Gay Ice Cream, nail-art and mini manicures from Paint Box, Magic Mix Juicery, a
  • At last, RIOC shuts down its costly, mysterious COVID testing site
    RIOC’s mysterious COVID testing site is closing, stopping the cash drain from residents’ pockets. But the state’s still unwilling to tell us enough about it. By David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News While lies and deception remain unchecked, RIOC says its Swift Rapid COVID testing site expires on June 30th. This follows an inexplicable
  • William vanden Heuvel dies. The Founder and guiding spirit at Four Freedoms Park
    Yesterday, June 15th, 2021, William vanden Heuvel died at his home in Manhattan. The cause was pneumonia, but in real time, the man’s legacy lives on. He’ll not simply be remembered, his spirit will be embraced. By David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News “We need the patience to prevail, the discipline to succeed, the
  • Hey, New York! You earned it. COVID restrictions blow away with fireworks tonight
    As Governor Andrew Cuomo promised, most COVID restrictions blow away today after New Yorker hit the 70% adult vaccination rate. Worth fireworks? You got ’em. The launched across the state, last night. By David Stone The Roosevelt Island Daily News COVID Restrictions Blown Away Restrictions fell away on capacity, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, health
Share

Written by:

378 Posts

View All Posts
Follow Me :

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: