Highbridge Park

Parks & Recreation Cuts Ribbon on Little League Opening Day

IMMEDIATE
Saturday, April 5, 2008
No. 24
http://www.nyc.gov/parks

Commissioner Adrian Benepe today joined by NYPD’s Commanding Patrol Borough Manhattan North Chief Raymond Diaz, City Council Members Miguel Martinez and Robert Jackson, police officers of the 33rd and 34th Precinct, and young athletes to celebrate opening day of the Police Officer Michael J. Buczek Little League’s 2008 season. To mark the 20th anniversary of the league, officials, coaches, and athletes cut the ribbon on a brand-new synthetic turf field at Highbridge Park. The league is named in honor of Michael Buczek, an officer who lost his life in the line of duty.

“Officer Michael Buczek gave his life trying to protect his community and children from the scourge of drugs, and today we honor his memory by providing a safe place for local schoolchildren to become more involved in exercise and organized sports under the Little League volunteers’ guidance,” said Commissioner Benepe. “Thanks to the advocacy of the Buczek family and funding from Mayor Bloomberg, local children now have a new state-of-the-art baseball field. ‘Play ball!’”

The $900,000 field was constructed entirely with Mayoral funds. In addition to a synthetic turf field, the project added two misting stations, bleachers, new dugouts and gates, a players’ warm-up area improved site lighting and fencing, and accessible drinking fountains.

Benefits of synthetic turf fields include improved safety, increased versatility and high durability to support more field use. The fields do not require weekly mowing, watering, fertilizing, seeding, or other time-intensive maintenance tasks. Additionally, they are useable year-round, and wear out much more slowly.

Prior to the ribbon cutting, “opening day” festivities began with a parade of little league players and their families from P.S. 48 to the site at Highbridge Park. The Michael Buczek Little League hosts 30 teams with over 350 boys and girls, and is operated and coached by police officers from the 34th Precinct.

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Directions to Highbridge Park

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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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