Revised plans for Principe Park renovations to be presented at Maspeth meeting

Frank Principe Park
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After residents and members of local sports organizations rejected the initial plans for the reconstruction of the soft surface ballfields area at Frank Principe Park in Maspeth, NYC Parks is coming back with a revised set of plans.

The plans will be presented during the Community Board 5 (CB 5) Parks Services Committee meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at Maspeth Town Hall, located at 53-37 72nd St.

At the last meeting with NYC Parks representatives in early December, the plans that were presented to residents had the two softball/Little League baseball fields facing the soccer field, which was requested to be a new feature for the park.

Though, this configuration of the fields raised concerns over the safety of players on both the soccer field and ballfields, as there is a chance of overlapping play and interference.

“We just want to make sure that, because it’s such a significant investment, nearly $6 million, I want to make sure that we get the design that is best for the community,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who helped allocate funds for this project, said during the previous planning meeting on Dec. 2.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion and a recommendation on the plans from the Parks Services Committee. The full board will most likely vote on the committee’s recommendation at the monthly CB 5 meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

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