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NEWS FROM THE FIELDS

SUMMER 2008

PROGRESS PICTORIAL – EAST RIVER FIELDS

This month, we are taking a look at the progress of the East River Fields.   

The final surface has been placed on East River Fields 80 and 83.  Below are photos showing the condition of the fields during construction and in July when their new surfaces were laid.  The left field (Field 80) is a lush natural surface field.  The right field (Field 83) is a synthetic surface field. Play will begin on these fields in September.  The fields pictured are highlighted to the right.

TURF EXPERT CONSULTED ON NEW PLAYING SURFACES

Dr. Frank Rossi, Ph. D - Turf Specialist, Department of Horticulture at Cornell University, serves as a consultant to the Fields Design Team.  In this capacity, he conducts tests on soil samples and surface product and oversees installations.  On a recent visit, Dr. Rossi, second from left, was joined by ( L - R) Rick Parisi, MPFP; Sunil Gulati, RISF Trustee and President of the US Soccer Federation; and Mohamed Elwakil, Project Manager, Economic Development Corporation; for a tour of East River Fields.

LOCAL GROUPS GET A SNEAK PEEK AT RANDALL’S ISLAND PROGRESS

RISF has recently hosted “behind the scenes” tours of Randall’s Island Park so that park users and members of community Board 11 can view first-hand the progress of the Parks construction projects and improvements.  The Salt March and Freshwater Wetlands sites, the field construction areas, the Hell Gate Pathway Design, the Bronx Shore Wetlands site, the restored Golf Center and the future site of the Tennis Center are destination  points on the tour.

On May 20, 2008, representatives from the Island’s youth and adult leagues climbed on-board as Aimee Boden detailed the status of the Park’s project developments.  Joining the tour were: Arlene Virga, Yorkville Youth Athletic League; Bobby Hoffman, CYO Youth Baseball; Eddy Collyns and Marc Freedman, Manhattan Soccer Club; Toby Butterfield, NY Rugby; Peter Strumph and Eric Butte, Cosmopolitan Soccer; David Tagle, Chilean Soccer League and Deputy Inspector Ray Diaz and Raymond Evars of the 25th Precinct.

On July 2, 2008, Marion Bell, Chair of Community Board 11’s Randall’s Island Task Force and the Parks Committee, was joined by several CB 11 board members for a tour.  Attending with Ms. Bell were: John Brown, Monica Brown, Diane Collier, George Figueroa, Alvin Johnson, Francis Mastrota, Marina Ortiz, Daniel Perez, Deborah Quinones, Cora Shelton.  Elsie Carnacion from the office of Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito also attended.

On Wednesday, July 16, RISF hosted the monthly meeting of the Manhattan Waterfront Parks Coalition and provided a tour of the park and a presentation of current and future plans. Attending were: Hunter Armstrong, Mark Caserta, Tom Lunke, Melissa McDonald, Gorman Reilly and Matthew Washington, co-chair.

 

HAPPENINGS ON THE ISLAND

Children from the Randall's Island Kids Camp, including a group from Harlem Children's Zone (right), are once again enjoying a summer of instruction and recreational activities at the park's facilities and natural environments.  Soccer, Softball, Basketball, Track & Field, Lacrosse, Tennis, Horseback, Volleyball, Kickball, Nature Exploration, Physical Fitness, Wiffleball, Frisbee, Golf, Mini-Golf, and Dance, plus percussion on the camp's new conga drums are among the programs offered to kids from 25 neighboring youth organizations in Harlem and the South Bronx.  RISF Camp activities were featured this month on News 12 Bronx.

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