BY JON CRONIN
After nearly a year of planning, community input, and architectural redesign, Maspeth’s Frank Principe Park finally has gotten a design with a projected cost of $6.9 million.
The park as it stands now has four baseball fields. The redesign will have two ball fields facing each other on the western side of the park and a 110 x 65 yard soccer field on the eastern side, all with synthetic turf and a 24-foot chain link fence splitting the two sides.
In a celebratory statement to the community, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D- Glendale) said, “adding synthethic turf ball fields to Frank Principe Park represents my commitment to ensuring that Frank Principe Park will last for decades, benefitting children of all ages and the entire community. This $6.9 million investment will give new life to a park that has desperately needed it for decades. My thanks to the Parks Department, Community Board 5 and all the residents who came out to give their input on this project. It was truly a joint effort, and I look forward to finally putting a shovel in the ground.”
After a December 2015 meeting discussing the park, Crowley said, “It has been decades since Maspeth’s Frank Principe Park last saw any capital upgrades, and park goers are faced with flood-prone sports fields, an antiquated running track and more.” She initially allocated $5.7 million in capital funding for field and track upgrades.
The park had not seen any significant upgrade since its inception in the 1980s. The last major capital project for the park was done in 1996; a $3 million upgrade to the playground, tennis and basketball courts.
The project began last May with an information gathering session where park-goers suggested a full-size soccer field, baseball fields, astroturf on the fields, an adequate drainage system, high fences, and bleachers.
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