has been undergoing renovations for the past few months that is sure to attract more baseball players when the project is completed. Michael Martino, press secretary of the Nassau County Department of Public Works, recently discussed the project with Patch.
What is being done at Grant Park?
The athletic fields at Grant Park are under-going a renovation that has been in the planning stages for more than a year. The renovation includes the replacement of the three baseball/softball fields with synthetic baseball/softball fields, a new comfort station, a new playground, shade shelter and exercise equipment.
Are turf fields that much better?
Synthetic fields are an absolute improvement over the grass/dirt fields that were used for years at Grant Park. Maintenance costs will be dramatically reduced and the number of days the fields are available will be increased.
Synthetic fields are built with an under-field drainage system that keeps the fields dry and playable for just about the entire calendar year. As these fields are rented to various leagues, the anticipated revenue will undoubtedly increase.
How long will the project take?
The project commenced in September 2011, and is expected to be completed by mid/late spring of 2012.
Why do this now?
This project design commenced over a year ago and was approved by the county legislature and NIFA. County Executive Edward Mangano and Legislator Howard Kopel believe it is important to maintain the quality of our neighborhoods, especially areas for recreation, at a time when residents cannot afford other luxuries in life.
Is anything being done to address the problem of geese droppings at the park?
The parks department has supported procedures to reduce the Canadian goose population, such as egg addling and scare tactics with border collies. With the installation of synthetic fields, geese should no longer populate the field areas.
How much does the project cost and how will it be paid for?
This project is funded by the county’s annual capital project budget, which is specifically in place to ensure Nassau County continues to remain suburbia, included approximately $2 million for this project.
Is there anything else people should know about the Grant Park project?
The project has been supported by the Lynbrook-East Rockaway Little League and will be a tremendous asset to the county and the surrounding community.