Brooklyn Heights residents: City a grinch for ending toy dropoff at park

Posted: 7:12 PM, Dec 24, 2012
Updated: 2012-12-24 22:35:51-05

Here at Chapin Playground just feet away from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, you will find one-year-old Emily here from Brooklyn Heights playing this Christmas Eve with her dad.

She just loves these toys left behind by other parents who have children that have outgrown them or just plain want to share them with other kids.

It’s a tradition that warms parents hearts.

The playground has had so many toys donated that some parents have nicknamed the park “The Island of Misfit Toys.”

But some parents are outraged that the city’s Parks Department has started throwing some of them out because they  “don’t meet our safety standards.”

Some parents say that if they are still in good condition why not just leave them for the children.  Some say the city needs to lighten up.

The Parks Department tells us in a statement: “There was never a formal program to house donated toys at Chapin playground.  At our sole discretion, and in effort to maintain a safe play space, we discard items as they become broken or appear dangerous.”

Parents are sounding off on a Yahoo group called Brooklyn Height Parents.

One mom said she filed a complaint with the Parks Department.

On Christmas Eve, we saw several toys still out to play with. Parents say they will continue to drop off toys this holiday season.