BBQing is a favorite summer activity for many New Yorkers, but a small group of Brooklyn residents is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ban the practice in Prospect Park. Park Slope resident Daz Ryan recently posted a Change.org petition asking the city to end public grilling at the popular green space. The petition, titled “Help Make Prospect Park Toxic Free By 2015”, calls attention to the charcoal fumes and “toxic smoke” caused by grilling, labeling it an “environmental issue.”

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Ryan herself noted her own personal complaints to the NY Daily News saying the problem has gotten worse over the past five or six years. The Park Slope resident explained that she is forced to close her windows and claims the incoming smoke has even set off her carbon monoxide detectors. Thus far, Ryan’s petition has 132 signatures (as of this morning).

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Currently, grilling is only permitted within designated areas located on the outskirts of the park, but Ryan says these locations are still too close to homes and busy roads. While Ryan is keen on taking the barbecue ban to City Hall over health issues, other park goers want the grills to go because of the unwarranted garbage they create and visitors who disregard the rules on where they can setup.

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Randi Lass, a park clean-up volunteer, told the NY Daily News she has seen park-goers set up grills in unpermitted areas by the lake or under trees. Lass also suggest that the fumes threaten the local wildlife, including herons, egrets, ducks, turtles, frogs, and possums. Barbecue lovers are fighting back, saying that the park is everyone’s backyard.

via NY Daily News

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