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Re-vamped ballpark opens.

City and LMDC officials cut the ribbon last week on four reconstructed ballfields in John V. Lindsay East River Park.

The $4.6 million project was funded by the LMDC and is part of a $24.6 million allocation to create or enhance 13 different green spaces in Lower Manhattan. The project included the renovation of two natural grass ballfields and the installation of two state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields that will maximize playtime, enable year-round use.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today joined Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) President Kevin M. Rampe at the ceremony.

Two of the four ballfields at John V. Lindsay East River Park have been restored using synthetic turf, and two smaller natural fields were refurbished with new sod, providing facilities for over 200 recreation leagues and school groups. The larger turf ballfield area also includes a soccer field. Bleachers have also been installed for spectators, irrigation and drainage has been improved, and recreation sport lighting will facilitate evening play.

Parks & Recreation also replaced fencing, benches, and drinking fountains to improve the surrounding landscape. The turf fields will be ready for use immediately. The natural fields need time for the sod to firmly take root and will be ready this spring.

The 57-acre John V. Lindsay East River Park runs along the FDR Drive and East River from Montgomery Street to East 12th Street. In addition to recent improvements made to ballfields and landscaping throughout the park, work will soon begin on a $60 million Mayorally-funded project to repair:the deteriorated waterfront bulkhead along the East River.

The bulkhead is expected to be completed in 2008.
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Title Annotation:John V. Lindsay East River Park
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Oct 6, 2004
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