In the Zone with: Kleron Yarde
As part of the City-funded Zone Management program, additional maintenance and enforcement staff dedicated to the park keep our landscape cleaner, safer, and greener throughout the year. One of six Parks Enforcement workers assigned to Fort Greene Park, Officer Kleron Yarde joined the Parks Department in 2017 because of the opportunity to work outdoors.
What enforcement issues keep you busy?
In general, it’s all about keeping that peaceful coexistence between different park user groups. The good encounters outweigh the bad. From what I hear from park goers, some of the previous issues with dogs off leash have calmed a bit since the enforcement team arrived at the start of the summer.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I like the people I come across. There are very colorful personalities that you get to know during small 1-2-minute chats. I enjoy learning how people relate to their park. For some it’s about meditation and a deep spiritual connection. For other it’s about exercise and recreation. Parks are a place to unwind and reset. I especially enjoy seeing new families - parents with young children enjoying the park.
What do you like most about working at Fort Greene Park?
People are very pleasant here and a have a lot character. I like the staff as well. It’s refreshing to be among the trees and walk the landscape and feel like you’re in nature in the middle of Fort Greene. The history and connections between people and generations here are also special. Other things I like about Fort Greene are the volunteerism, farmers markets, and events like Soul Summit and movie night.
When not at the park, what do you do for fun?
I like going back to my Alma mater Brooklyn College and spending time with students and professors. Videography and cinematography are passions. I’m working on a documentary for fun. Cooking is another hobby of mine. I like making a variety of vegetarian dishes including eggplant Parmesan.
Dave Barker, Park Director