Fresh cash allocated for Chelsea park upgrade.
The Hudson River Park Trust announced that the Chelsea Waterside Park playing field, one of the most heavily used athletic fields on the Westside of Manhattan, has received $500,000 from New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.
The grant, allocated by the New York City Council in the FY 2010 budget process, will be used to renovate the heavily used field with a new "grasslike" turf surface and perimeter fence, allowing for safe play and maximum durability.
"In a city like ours where open space is scarce, the importance of facilities like the athletic field at Chelsea Waterside Park becomes undeniable," said New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.
"I am thrilled to contribute to such a worthy cause and to support the growth of this amazing Westside amenity."
"This beloved section of Hudson River Park will surely gain even more admirers with the improved field and new perimeter fence," said Diana Taylor, Chair of the Hudson River Park Trust Board of Directors. "We are grateful to Speaker Quinn for her continued support of this community."
Tens of thousands of local residents already frequent this piece of Hudson River Park, located at 23rd Street east of the Westside Highway. With dozens of athletic groups and schools, along with thousands of recreational users, the Chelsea Waterside Park field is a much sought-after space for athletes both near and far.
The section is utilized by casual visitors and local residents for uses like soccer, football, baseball, softball, rugby, lacrosse, field hockey and ultimate Frisbee. In addition to Chelsea visitors and residents, the athletic field is currently used by nine different school and youth groups including: Xavier High School, Beacon High School, New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, School of the Future, Downtown United Soccer Club, the Greenwich Village Little League, Doc's New York City Youth Lacrosse, Manhattan Soccer Club and the Play Rugby USA program. There are also about 15 adult leagues that use the field.
In addition to the athletic field, Chelsea Waterside Park features a basketball court, dog run, and playground that have become cherished amenities and integral parts of the community.
The Chelsea field has been an ideal setting for many special events as well. This July, Adidas held their 8th annual FANATIC soccer tournament at Chelsea Waterside Park, its second year at that location. In August 2008, FC Barcelona used the field to host their Malaria No More charity tournament. The field also had a brush with celebrity when Saturday Night Live shot a segment with NFL quarterback Peyton Manning during the 2007 season.
The entire Hudson River Park is being completed by the Hudson River Park Trust, the state-city entity responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the new 5-mile waterfront park.