New Rochelles newest athletic facility is Joe Fosinas field of dreams
The sparkling new state-of-the-art, all-weather, synthetic turf football, soccer and lacrosse field is dedicated to Fosina, the city's longtime youth football guru. It will host its first football action in early August when tiny tacklers strap on their pads.
The whole Youth Tackle League program, both coaches and staff, are excited about this field, said Fosina. We look forward to August, and the start of our season. It was a labor of love for most of us, and its just beautiful.
The recently completed field is the second component of an athletic complex originally dedicated by the New Rochelle City Council in 1997 and named for Fosina, who has dedicated 30 years of youth service to the New Rochelle Community.
Fosina Field at City (Flowers) Park, built on city property and managed by the citys Parks and Recreation Department under an agreement with the county, is located at Fifth and Potter avenues and is part of the countys Westchester Legacy program.
The field was opened May 5 with a ceremony featuring County Executive Robert P. Astorino, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and other city and county officials.
When complete, the 21-acre park will include five athletic fields that will permit multiple sports to be played simultaneously, plus a new playground, a sprayground, basketball court and natural areas for passive recreation. The park will be lighted for evening use.
It is being built with $9.8 million in Westchester Legacy funding. The projects design team, Stantec Consultants, recently received a national facility design award for the adjacent Skidelsky field, completed in 2009. Fosina Field is a welcome addition to the great variety of recreational fields in our county, Astorino said. This park will become a great destination for athletes and fans. With the addition of playgrounds, hiking trails and basketball, there will be something for everyone to do. I thank the Board of Legislators for its support of this project, as well as our partners in the City of New Rochelle. Bramson said, Once City Park is fully completed, this flagship athletic facility will provide recreational opportunities for thousands of residents, including more than 25 community-based organizations with over 200 teams, as well as our local schools and colleges. This outstanding legacy project is proof that even in challenging times we can come together to accomplish big things for the people of New Rochelle and Westchester County.
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