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NEWS FROM THE FIELDS

FIRST, NEWS FROM UNDER THE FIELDS

Building new state-of-the-art sports playing fields for the next several generations of New Yorkers takes more than just laying down new sod and drawing lines on the grass. While the day we get to roll out the new fields will be exciting and dramatic, if they are to last for decades then much less glamorous work comes first -- new water mains, new sewers and a new electric power infrastructure.

Right now everything is happening under the fields.  The project has already installed 6,400 feet of new water main lines and will install 11,000 more feet before itís complete.  In addition we have installed 35 new electric manholes and have begun installing over 43,000 feet of new electrical power lines and 15,500 feet of new sewer lines. 

Eventually these critical underpinnings will power the lights for new walkways and 5 new fully-lit fields, provide water for drinking fountains and an irrigation system for the grass fields and provide a sewer system for 5 new restroom facilities.

As with all of the projects underway on Randallís Island, we are working to keep our construction practices as green as possible.  In preparation for the extensive earthwork that will be required to regrade the new fields, we are installing stormwater and sedimentation controls to capture stormwater runoff and prevent unnecessary sediments from entering the East River and nearby wetlands. These controls and the other preliminary work are necessary before major field construction can begin.

SAFE USAGE OF THE ISLAND MEANS FOLLOWING SIGNS

The safety of the Islandís users is our number one priority.  We are working hard to keep visitors to the Island safe throughout the sports fields construction project. 

With the changing construction work areas, pedestrians and drivers should follow posted signs to guide themselves safely through the Island.  

Currently work is being conducted on the new East River Fields, the Central Fields and the Fields at Sunken Gardens.  These areas have been closed to allow the contractorís operations to proceed.  Pedestrians should respect these fenced off areas for their protection.  Signs are posted to direct Island visitors around these fields so they can reach their destinations safely.

ITíS A WIN Ė WIN!

To the right is the latest scoreboard showing the projectís progress.  As we begin August 2007, the project is 7% complete.

You can always access an updated scoreboard at our website, where you will also find the most recent newsletter. Check it out at www.risf.org/sportsfields!

To keep close tabs on progress while on the Island, visit the literature boxes located by the 103rd Street footbridge and on backstops and fences throughout the Island. The boxes have copies of these monthly newsletters in English and Spanish and will have any update notices. 

Of course, you can always call 1-866-635-6789 or email us at sportsfields@risf.org with any questions or problems.

Would you like to join our mailing list to get the latest information?  Email us at sportsfields@risf.org to get the latest and most up to date information!

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Randallís Island Sports Foundation
24 West 61st St., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10023
(212) 830-7722
info@risf.org

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