Victory Field Is A Winner After $1.9M Renovation, Mayor Says
Victory Field in Forest Park, one of Queens’ most popular ball fields, recently underwent a $1.9 million renovation and last week Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Councilmember Dennis P. Gallagher cut the ribbon to, in effect, announce, “Play ball!”
Included in the modernization project was the installation of artificial turf and new fencing, seating and landscaping of the park’s outer area.
Located at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in the Glendale–Woodhaven area, the popularity of the field was readily apparent throughout the week as crowds flocked to it to watch games.
Cutting the ribbon, the mayor declared: “We are committed to creating and improving parks and recreational space throughout the five boroughs. By adding to and improving our more than 1,700 city parks and open spaces, we continue to make our city more livable for all New Yorkers.”
Describing the project, the mayor said “Using state-of-the-art synthetic turf to convert asphalt ball fields was one of my campaign promises, and we have expanded the initiative to also improve grass fields with poor drainage.”
The mayor said this was the 40th new field the Parks Department has installed in the past three years. Another 17 are currently under construction.
Gallagher (R–C, Middle Village), in whose district the huge field is located, stated, “This new state-of-the-art ball field is the wave of the future and will allow our children to play in a safe environment for years to come. Within the next few years we will see substantial improvements to Forest Park, which will further enhance one of Queens’ most vital parklands.”
Gallagher secured $500,000 in the budget to add to the $1.4 billion which was allocated in the capital budget for the project.
In addition to the synthetic turf field, the aging concrete seating area was replaced with steel bleachers that are more comfortable for spectators watching games. A new backstop and dugouts and a portable pitcher’s mound give the field the look of a professional baseball diamond, new picket fencing and the landscaping have improved the area’s overall appearance, Gallagher said.
The first artificial turf field installed by the Department of Parks and Recreation opened at Manhattan’s Chelsea Park in 1998. Other parks that have received this new generation of ball field surface include Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village and Linden Park in Flushing.
The synthetic turf surface feels like real grass. A layer of grasslike plastic blades sits on a base of crushed rubber pebbles that makes for an extremely durable playing field. The fields also offer excellent drainage, are easy to maintain and are ideal as multi-use recreation fields, a Parks spokesman said.