NYC Parks News for Crocheron Park copyright © 2016 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks & Recreation en-us Wed, 25 May 2016 13:14:37 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 <![CDATA[BREAK OUT THE CLAY, BALLFIELD SEASON HAS ARRIVED]]> dailyplant16255 Opening day at all of the stadia is mere days away, but there are other amazing baseball teams in New York City besides the Mets, Yankees and Cyclones—and no one’s calling those teams shabby. Beginning April 12, ballfields in parks around the five boroughs will once again play home to hundreds of softball and baseball teams, from little leaguers to corporate challengers. Of course, getting the clay and grass shipshape before thousands of players hit the fields is no easy task.

On March 25, Director of Training Mike Cresenzo and Brooklyn Deputy Chief of Operations Tom Ching joined over 40 of Parks’ citywide ballfield experts at 5-Boro for an all-day seminar on ballfield care. The seminar was conducted by Floyd Perry, a nationwide expert on ballfields who has managed fields for both professional stadiums and the 1996 Olympics, and Dale Getz of the Toro Company, a former head groundskeeper at Notre Dame. The program resulted from a partnership between 5-Boro Operations and Storr Tractor, who organized the day.

Parks & Recreation maintains hundreds of fields citywide used for soccer, baseball, cricket and more. With our citywide ballfield preparations now beginning, the seminar focused on the ideal times to schedule maintenance and seeding of fields, and how to best address challenges caused by weather, weeds, and heavy usage. Properly timing the fertilization, irrigation and closing off of fields makes all the difference in providing first class fields for the public to enjoy. Parkies also got themselves dirty, testing out various types of equipment brought over by Storr Tractor.

Once the fields are ready, the games begin. Parades and kick-off ceremonies are taking place in parks around the city, from the Prospect Park Little League Opening Day Parade on April 5 to the Bayside Little League (now celebrating its 50th anniversary) on April 12 in Crocheron Park. In recent years, New York City’s little league teams have received national attention for their outstanding performances, and these top-notch fields play no small role in allowing athletes to play their best.

If you’re too old for the little leagues but are still interested in playing on a regular basis, softball leagues are one of the best ways to get on the field. Leagues such as the Yorkville Sports Association, Big Apple Softball, and NYC Softball offer New Yorkers a chance to play every week. If you’re looking for a one-time permit for you and your friends, it’s always best to get your application in early, but it’s not too late. Once the season starts, applying for a field application becomes a rolling process and the turnaround on permit requests is only 1-2 days. Applying for a one-time field permit is easy, and there’s no minimum number of people needed to play. The best way to apply is online at and rates are $16 for 2 hours ($32, for lighted games).

We want to wish all ballfield operations staff a happy and productive beginning to the season. Thanks to Ken Jenks of Storr Tractor, and to Dan Froehlich and Susan Silvestro at 5-Boro for putting the program together.

And to all those Derek Jeters of the softball world, good luck in the fields.

Written by Keith Kerman and Eric Adolfsen


On Tuesday, March 25, 2003, over 400 Parkies and their families gathered at Wollman Rink in Central Park for an evening of ice skating and fun.

Commissioner Adrian Benepe addressed the crowd from the rink in skates—thanking Parks employees for their commitment and conveying how much their hard work means to the city. He added, "Have fun tonight but get some rest too as we gear up for the busy season ahead." Although the Commissioner asked fellow skaters to please help him up if they noticed him fall, we are pleased to report that he rivaled Wayne Gretzky on the ice this year.

One of the Operations Department’s ice-skating stars, Sean Williams remarked, "This is a wonderful event. Parks & Recreation is an agency that really demonstrates how much it cares about it’s employees!"

Allison Jaffin from the Mayor's Office said "two of my favorite things about New York City are Central Park and the people I work with here. It doesn't get much better than skating with them for free in gorgeous weather."

For those that did not brave the ice, there was plenty of hot chocolate, pretzels, and friends to catch up with at the event. Thanks to April Allen, Events Manager of Wollman Rink, Claudine Revere, Owner of Relish Caterers, and Anna Carey from Citywide Events for making it such a great evening.


"What is central to business is the joy of creating."

Peter Robinson

<![CDATA[ALLEY POND OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE]]> dailyplant10833 On Wednesday, August 15 , girls from Sorrentino Recreation Center and the Girls Sports Camp at Springfield Park embarked on an exciting experience when they participated in the Alley Pond Overnight Adventure, led by Queens Recreation and the Urban Park Rangers. The 32 girls, ages 8 to 14, began the afternoon with canoeing at the Bayside Marina and fishing in waters of Crocheron Park. The girls then learned about orienteering on a hike through Alley Pond Park. Finally, they settled in for a night under the stars near the nature center. Everyone was treated to a feast prepared by Ron Brown, Queens Recreation’s resident chef, including hot dogs, hamburgers, and more. The Rangers pitched tents for the girls and the whole group spent the rest of the night dancing and telling scary stories.

Thanks to Deputy Commissioner Robert (Iceman) Garafola and Director of the Urban Park Rangers Sara (Whisperer) Hobel who proposed the idea, and Deputy Director of the Urban Park Rangers Matt (Homer) Symons, Chief of Queens Recreation Laura (Devil Dog) Gili, and staff from both divisions who organized this new and exciting program. It was such a success that both divisions look forward to organizing more joint ventures this fall.

By Eileen (Xena) Gillen

(Friday, August 26, 1988)


Tomorrow morning summer interns with the Neighborhood Open Space Coalition will be challenged by an Outward Bound program near the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan. The activities will include rock climbing and ravine crossing.... The Central Park Conservancy at 10 Columbus Circle has a new FAX machine. Their FAX number is (212) 315-0869 and the machine will be on 24 hours a day.... CPW Katherine Cook installed and painted two tubs to provide drinking water for horses along the East Drive. Beginning last Friday the ASPCA has stationed an ambulance for lame horses at the 79th Street Yard.


"Word is a shadow of deed.”

Democritus (c. 460 – c. 400 B.C.)