Government Shutdown Sends Brooklyn Sports Center Fishing for Spaces

By Petr Svab
Petr Svab
Petr Svab
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Petr Svab is a reporter covering New York. Previously, he covered national topics including politics, economy, education, and law enforcement.
October 7, 2013 Updated: October 8, 2018

NEW YORK—Amid the government shutdown of all federal non-essential services, one of Brooklyn’s biggest sport centers shuttered its doors.

Aviator Sports and Events Center is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area and is considered a non-essential national park service. It is now closed until further notice, together with all the events and programs using its facilities. This includes preschool and after-school programs, gymnastics, skating classes, and various sports.

“We are looking for spaces every day, but unfortunately so far nothing is definite,” wrote Jaclyn Muns, the center’s Marketing Manager, in email response to an Epoch Times inquiry on Friday.

This situation is especially inconvenient for the parents of dozens of children attending the center’s after-school program, Aviator Camps.

“As soon as we know something, our camp directors will contact all after-school families to let them know,” Muns said.

Petr Svab
reporter
Petr Svab is a reporter covering New York. Previously, he covered national topics including politics, economy, education, and law enforcement.