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.