Some Bronx ballparks catch a million-dollar makeover

The Parks Department is stepping up to the plate by creating a $50 million plan to renovate and construct 55 recreational areas, including ten Bronx baseball fields.

The Bronx parks receiving a grand slam makeover include Crotona Park, Saint Mary?s Park, The Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park, Marble Hill Park, Seton Park, The Co-Op City Little League Fields, Haffen Park, Mapes Ballfield, Noble Playground and Ambrosini Ballfield. The parks department plans to install synthetic turf on the baseball diamonds. The parks department says the new turf is beneficial to players? health and the government?s bank account. The department says the new turf eliminates pesticides and is easier on players? bodies, especially when running is involved. Since the new turf does not require year-round maintenance, the parks department says it can save more than $25,000 per field each year.

The parks department says each of the renovation projects will take between eight months to a year and expect most to be completed by 2007.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."