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Gould Field Project Nears Finish in Dobbs Ferry

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. –The Gould Field facelift, under construction since early November, is on pace to be open to the public by April with a bit of a modification.

“We wanted to do additional turf,” said Village Administrator Marcus Serrano.  “The playing field for high school football and baseball, the majority of that area, will be covered and that wasn’t included in the original proposal. So we actually put more turf and more sod down. That was the main reason.”

Due to the extra turf added, the project’s price tag has increased and the village has asked all parties, including the school district, to increase the money originally donated to the field. 

“Again it’s all voluntary, they don’t have to pay if they don’t want to, it’s just something they’re trying to help out since they use the field also,” Serrano said.

The school district had originally agreed to pay 60 percent of the costs for a total of $15,000 with the rest of the money coming from a village recreation account rather than the taxpayers. A message from Dobbs Ferry Mayor Hartley Connett said the school district will now be paying $20,000.  Serrano said the overall cost of the project has increased from the initial estimate of $25,000 total, but is unsure of what the final cost will be.

“I have to do some analysis, I don’t know exactly what it is,” he said.  “It’s in the 30s.  I don’t remember right now what the total amount is.”

Gould Field is still off limits to the public until April 1, which is the start of the spring sports season in the village.

“All the work is done, we just have to wait for all the sod to create a root structure and that’s why we’re trying to keep everyone off the field right now,” Serrano said.

Connett said the project, which has been underway since November, is an example of the teamwork throughout the village.

“The new field at Gould will be another step in the ongoing initiative and work of the ad hoc Facilities Committee to improve the village's recreation facilities,” Connett said in a message to residents.  “It was also a good example of how the village is bringing public and private partnerships together, which help achieve results at a savings to village property tax payers.”

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