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Volume XXVIII, Number 5832
Friday, Apr 05, 2013

This Weekend In Parks

North Riverdale Little League Opening Day Features Ballfield Ribbon Cutting

Saturday, April 6
10:30 a.m.
Sid Augarten Ballfield
Vinmont Veteran Park
West 255th Street between Riverdale Ave. & Mosholu Ave.

NYC Parks will join elected officials, community leaders and children, parents and coaches from the North Riverdale Little League in cutting the ribbon on the renovated Sid Augarten Ballfield.

Prior to the event, at 10:00 a.m., the North Riverdale Little League will parade beginning at Van Cortlandt Park’s Kelly Ballfield on Broadway and West 260th Street. After the ribbon cutting, they will play their first game of the season.

This $1.7 million reconstruction of the Sid Augarten Ballfield was funded with allocations of $1 million from Council Member Koppell, $610,000 from Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and $100,000 from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

The project reconstructed the natural turf ballfield with new entry gates, perimeter fencing, accessible seating, dugouts and backstop, drinking fountains, site furniture and pavement. Native woodland areas were reconstructed with additional plantings. Improved drainage and a new water supply infrastructure were included.

The field honors Sid Augarten (1928-1971), who served as commissioner and president of the North Riverdale Baseball League for ten years.

Opening Day in Prospect Park: Little League Parade

Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Prospect Park Bandshell
Prospect Park West at 9th Street

Almost 2,000 Little League players will start the 2013 baseball season with their annual parade through Park Slope and into historic Prospect Park. The pint-sized players will be joined by their friends, families, local community leaders and elected officials. Everyone will then gather at the Prospect Park Bandshell for the ceremonial first pitch to start another great season of baseball and softball at the seven fields in Prospect Park’s Long Meadow and the six fields at the Parade Ground.

The Little League Parade gets underway at 10 a.m. The parade kicks-off at 7th Avenue and 2nd Street, proceeds along 7th Avenue to 9th Street and then turns up 9th Street to head into the Park and ends at the Bandshell. The Opening Day Ceremony and first pitch at the Bandshell will begin at approximately 10:45 a.m.

Pitch in for Parks

Saturday, April 6
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
John Golden Park
215th Place & 32nd Avenue

Bayside Little League (200 youth at this location) will help prepare the fields at John Golden Park for the upcoming season.

More than 900 little leaguers will volunteer to clean, rake and paint the benches at 15 parks across Queens as part of NYC Parks’ annual Pitch In for Parks. The purpose of the event is for the borough’s little leagues to develop a sense of stewardship towards the fields they utilize.

The leagues will also meet the park supervisor or manager at their park and learn how to best communicate their needs and concerns. Partnerships for Parks will also be signing up teams for regular maintenance schedules.


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