Source: Kibbles/Flickr

If you’re the kind that likes to roll around in a grass field covered in goose droppings, then have we got the ultimate stay-cation for you!

The New York City Parks Department allows pitching a tent in a handful of parks around the city, including Marine Park, for free. For one day a year. And only if you win a lottery that is only open for 24 hours.

Okay, I seriously started this post with the intention of recommending a fun family event, but as I write it out, I’m left asking myself, “What the heck is this crap? These are the turd-worthy privileges the Parks Department grants us in the property that we pay for? And I’m not even going to be allowed to smoke a cigarette while enjoying my urban park adventure, now am I?”

Turd-worthy. That’s all I’ve got to say.

Anyway, the facts: Parks Department will allow 30 people to camp out in Marine Park on June 10. Other parks are available on other days. To reserve a spot, you must enter a lottery drawing between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on June 1 – and only on June 1 – and cross your fingers. Then they’ll call you and tell you whether you made it or not. If you don’t win, there will be a second chance to camp on July 1 (lottery on June 22). Lottery instructions are here.

Please, someone convince me that this is actually an awesome opportunity, and not as awful and insulting as it seems to be.

 

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  • http://ericasphotos.tumblr.com/ ES

    Goose-droppings…lol. You are the funniest guy ever.

    • nolastname

      I know a half dozen people who run their dogs there also.
      A lottery for 30 people for one day, be still my heart.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      Ned was yelled at by a Canadian Goose once for throwing the wrong brand of bread. He hasn’t forgotten. So he uses every opportunity.

    • Anonymous

      If he doesn’t like the goose droppings let him go to Prospect Park where they just slaughter the geese.

  • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

    How can you go camping without a fire?

    • Snoreasaurusrex

      These days fires are banned due to the danger.  Fires are only for ceremonial purposes these days or for emergencies in the woods.  Otherwise, they are not needed.  Most people use a stove since many areas are picked clean of wood.  Before you start you’ll notice that many times it is in a campground that you pay to stay at and you BUY the wood.  What a waste of time.  I have not paid to stay at a campground for years.  Now, on to the rest.  The rangers set up the tents and have a barbeque.  You do not sleep in goose poop.  I have been to one of these.  You even go on a night walk.

      • http://www.njluxurymotors.com Arthur Borko

        But they don’t let you set up your own grill either do they?

      • http://kibblesbits.wordpress.com/ Ann

        Wait, you actually go in THEIR tents and THEIR BBQ and THEIR walk? Ugh. That’s not camping, that’s going to camp.

        • Snoreasaurusrex

          Well, you can always throw a pack on your back and hike the Appalachian Trail for three months.  You can cook your own food, dig a potty hole and sleep in a tent.   Remember, you carry everything on your back.The bathrooms are open for water or you can go around the corner to Key Food.  The cancel if the weather is bad.  This should answer all the questions so far…   Since you folks tend to lose interest as the blog goes down the line, does anyone else have any other comments?

          • Anonymous

            The Appalachian trail is my idea of camping, not spending a night in what is basically a back yard. 

            Did you know you can go camping at Floyd Benet Field too?

          • http://kibblesbits.wordpress.com/ Ann

            Right, that’s camping. I know what camping is. That was my point. And you can also go to a campsite minus the hiking. It’s not just the weird facilities, it is the lack of freedom, the whole super structured plan they have going there. As if people from Brooklyn are simply incapable of comprehending what camping is. (And actually, if you think the only other alternative is primitive camping far away from NYC, maybe they’re right and Brooklynites do NOT know what camping is.)

    • http://kibblesbits.wordpress.com/ Ann

      Forget not having a fire, what about the facilities? Where are they getting water from? Bringing it in, and they’ll leave the bathrooms open overnight?

  • BayResident

    Its things like this that keep me coming back to Sheepshead Bites daily. Ned, you are the man!

  • Andrew Kent

    They should do this all year long, in every park, if only to prepare us for the crisis that looms if Albany fails to extend rent protections or the City cuts rent subsidies and homeless services.

  • Andrew Kent

    They should do this all year long, in every park, if only to prepare us for the crisis that looms if Albany fails to extend rent protections or the City cuts rent subsidies and homeless services.

  • Andrew Kent

    They should do this all year long, in every park, if only to prepare us for the crisis that looms if Albany fails to extend rent protections or the City cuts rent subsidies and homeless services.

  • Anonymous

    There’s probably fine print like if you decide to cancel because of inclement whether, or don’t show up, they will fine you.

  • Eminem

    I played volleyball there with a group every decent Sunday for 10 years. Sometimes the games would go into the evening. Don’t want to scare anyone, but we did see bats as the sun went down, and not of the baseball kind. No fooling.

    • Anonymous

      I see bats all the time. What’s the big deal?

      • Eminem

        some people are a little skittish about bats….

        • http://kibblesbits.wordpress.com/ Ann

          They eat mosquitoes.

  • Marina K.

    Oh jeez, no way. The mosquitoes are pretty much resistant to bug spray out there and even mosquito netting won’t keep them out! Don’t do it unless you want to look like you have the plague.

    The geese crap is pretty nasty, as well not to mention the many people who don’t clean up after their dogs.

  • Anonymous

    If only I didn’t sleep down the block from marine park the other 364 days that’s were not allowed go camp out there. Darn.

  • http://twitter.com/nicktherat Nick the Rat

     lets go and take pictures of the winners like they are weird wild life.

    • nolastname

      If Ned has an extra tripod count me in. Will the open container law be waived for that one night? I would like a pic of myself, sitting on a bench, having a smoke and a beer while taking pics of the tent event.

    • http://blog.arikatt.com Ariela B.

      So you want to go out and shoot people? Sounds like fun!

  • Guest

    *COUGH* *COUGH* No smoking. *COUGH* *COUGH* No smoking.

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