Highbridge Park

Parks & Recreation, Consumer Affairs & Alfonso Little League Cut Ribbon At Renovated Highbridge Ballfield


Monday, May 8, 2006
No. 36
http://www.nyc.gov/parks

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined officials from the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Alfonso Little League on Saturday, May 6 to celebrate the completion of restorations to Highbridge Ballfield # 1.

This facility was reconstructed at a cost of approximately $300,000. Of that amount, $123,000 was paid for by a settlement secured by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs in 2005 with MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLBAM) – which operates and maintains Major League Baseball’s official web site, and is owned equally by all 30 baseball teams – to settle the agency’s lawsuit charging deceptive practices. In addition to paying for the reconstruction of this ballfield, the settlement also paid for new uniforms and equipment for four Alfonso Little League teams that regularly utilize the field. The rest of the funds for this project were generously allocated by the Mayor’s Office.

This project included regrading the ballfield free of old rock outcroppings that interfered with play, and installing a new outfield fence, bleachers, dugouts, backstop, drinking fountain, red warning track, ground hydrant and irrigation accessories. The new ballfield will be enjoyed by little leaguers from the community.

"Thanks to the watchful eye of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Highbridge Ballfield is a vastly improved place for local youth leagues to enjoy," said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "By resodding, re-irrigating, and restructuring this ballfield, children will have the opportunity to practice their skills right across the street from where Yankee great Lou Gehrig grew up. Now Washington Heights is again an incubator of baseball talent for Dominican-American residents including Manny Ramirez. I am grateful to DCA for negotiating this settlement, as well as to Mayor Bloomberg for helping to fund this important project."

"We’re thrilled that the residents and community of Washington Heights can benefit from our efforts to protect consumers," said Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz. "This is a home run for the kids who are now able to enjoy a restored Highbridge Ballfield. We thank our colleagues at the Parks Department for helping to identify where the settlement could best be utilized."

The DCA filed a lawsuit against MLBAM in New York State Supreme Court in April 2004 charging that MLBAM violated the City’s laws and rules against deceptive advertising through email promotions sent to thousands of local fans. As part of the settlement secured in April 2005, MLBAM paid $123,000 to New York City for restoration of Highbridge Park Ballfield and new uniforms and equipment for four Alfonso Little League teams. They also paid an additional $60,000 to New York City. In addition, Steiner Sports Memorabilia Inc. settled charges by paying $16,666 to New York City, $340 in restitution to two City consumers who purchased autographed balls in response to the promotion and contributed memorabilia with a wholesale value of $33,333 to the City to be sold by CityStore, the Official Store of the City of New York.

Highbridge Park, at 119 acres, is northern Manhattan's second-largest park. It has been the focus of a targeted restoration and clean up in which Parks & Recreation has partnered with Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project and the City Parks Foundation to bring public and private funds and neighborhood residents and environmental organizations to the effort. This Washington Heights park hugs a dramatic cliff overlooking the Harlem River, and stretches from 155th Street on the south to Dyckman Street on the north.

Directions to Highbridge Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 5 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Recreation CentersHighbridge Recreation Center

New York City’s recreation centers and indoor pools remain closed to the general public until further notice to provide COVID-19 related services as well as free childcare options for children who are scheduled for blended learning. To learn more or to apply for the childcare program, please visit the New York City Department of Education’s Learning Bridges program page.

Once we reopen, NYC Parks will extend all existing recreation center memberships to cover the length of time we are closed to the general public.


ParkHighbridge Park

As a part of our Anchor Parks initiative, reconstruction of Highbridge Park is now underway. This project will reinstate access to a 10-block stretch of the park, improve connectivity and pathways, and restore the historic Grand Staircase at Laurel Hill Terrace. The project will also improve safety and security with new park lighting, and improve ADA access. Follow this project on the Parks Capital Tracker for updates.


Anticipated Completion: Summer 2020

PlaygroundsSunken Playground

As a part of our Anchor Parks initiative, reconstruction of Sunken Playground is now underway. Follow this project on the Parks Capital Tracker for updates.


Anticipated Completion: Winter 2021

PlaygroundsAdventure Playground

As a part of our Anchor Parks initiative, reconstruction of Adventure Playground is now underway. Follow this project on the Parks Capital Tracker for updates.


Anticipated Completion: Winter 2021

ParkHighbridge Park

The Highbridge Park Water Tower is currently closed and undergoing reconstruction. Follow this project on the Parks Capital Tracker for updates.


Anticipated Completion: Spring 2021

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