Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn borough president wants gym czar after damning report

December 02, 2018 - 5:41 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A report out Sunday details the troubling number of public schools in Brooklyn that are in need of quality gym space.

Of the 300 Brooklyn public schools that answered the survey, 17 percent said their school had no dedicated gym space.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams held a news conference at P.S. 147 in Williamsburg to unveil the report and highlight the widespread problem.

“About one of every six Brooklyn schools has no dedicated gym space,” Adams said.

Adams says he wants to appoint a gym czar, someone who will make gym class a top priority for kids.

The gym at P.S. 147 is a long and narrow room with about a dozen giant pillars in it. The pillars are padded, but they make it impossible for kids to run around.

“You can’t play a home game here. There are no bleachers. There is no real atmosphere to have competitive sports,” Adams said.

And the gym walls at P.S. 147 weren’t padded at all, Adams noted.

“Every location children are playing in must be padded completely,” Adams said. “We should not have concrete walls, sharp walls, radiators.”

In 2015, Comptroller Scott Stringer found that more than a quarter of the city’s schools had no indoor space for physical exercise.