PORT CHESTER, N.Y. Peter Pascale from the Port Chester Youth Baseball League went in front of the village board of trustees on Tuesday to request to change the location of a Rookie and T-Ball field in Lyons Park. However, the board will hold off on making a decision on the fields relocation until its next meeting.
According to Pascale, the reason for moving the location of the field is due to drainage and space.
"So the thought is it would be nice to move the field to a better location with a little bit better drainage," Pascale said. "And also it would be bigger so it could house more games and bring more people and parents into the fold at Lyons Park with the rest of the baseball community."
Approximately 400-500 kids participate in the Port Chester Youth Baseball League and about half would utilize the rookie league/T-ball field. The current field, which the new field would replace, can only service the T-Ball league, and is simply a patch of grass with lines drawn on it. Since the current field can only service T-Ball, rookie ball is currently played at a field near King Street School.
Pascale called the new location, which sits in front of the Girl Scout House, an underutilized part of the park. If the new park were to be implemented in the area where the current T-Ball field is located, that area would be converted into open space.
"We're already using a certain area, we are just considering moving that area," Pascale said. "It doesn't have to be permanent right now, but would like to move it to at least make it a temporary field."
The project, which received a recommendation from the Park and Recreation Commissions, would be of no cost to the village, the board said. Trustee Salverio Terenzi was hesitant to approve the plan because of space issues and the underutilization of a current field at Edgewood Park.
"My only beef is the open space area in front of that Girl Scout House, and the other beef is that the Edgewood Park is not being utilized," Terenzi said.
Ultimately, the board decided to draft a resolution approving the temporary relocation of the field to be voted on at the board's next meeting.
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