MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Imagine Mount Pleasant having its very own playground for senior citizens.
Open from 4:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to fit seniors’ schedules, near the Beef Gristle Mill, and complete with a complaining booth.
The idea for the park, presented to the Mount Pleasant Planning Board in an episode of truTV’s “ Impractical Jokers " is actually much more ridiculous than this sounds.
Town Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi said the hidden camera show was filmed at Mount Pleasant Town Hall a few months ago.
“From what I understand certain members (of the Planning Board) were aware of it,” said Fulgenzi. “I think they (the Planning Board) played it up pretty good and tried to make it look serious.”
“Impractical Jokers” features four lifelong friends from Staten Island and the comedy troupe The Tenderloins who attempt to embarrass each other in public with dares. Every member is forced to pull off a prank within each episode.
The prankster is not aware of the prank until his fellow troupe members explain each task through an earpiece. Whoever loses at the end of the episode must perform a most egregious prank.
The “Parks and Wreck” episode aired on Oct. 9 and featured Sal Vulcano attempting to get the Mount Pleasant Planning Board's approval for a senior citizen playground.
“One of the things seniors love to do is complain,” Vulcano explained to the board.
While trying his best to keep a straight face, Vulcano explained that the park would feature a complaining booth where the elderly could sit in a recliner and complain to someone about things like: people driving too fast, the weather and “Obama is a big one.”
“Isolation Island” would be an area seniors go when they need a “time-out.” There would also be “Trampoline Terrace” where seniors could bounce on a trampoline in their wheelchairs.
“It’s a sight to see,” said Vulcano, finally giggling through his words.
Planning Board Member Joan Lederman finally has to cover her face to hide her laughter when Vulcano explains that he wants approval then and there, and expects to break ground within a week.
“Unfortunately, I think it makes fun of some people, but when you look at it from the humorous side it was kind of funny,” said Fulgenzi.