The construction team that is working to rebuild LaGuardia Airport is also helping kids build their big league dreams by providing $1.8 million to repair and improve the Elmjack Little League Fields in East Elmhurst.
Representatives from Skanska USA and Skanska-Walsh joined hundreds of Elmjack Little League players and local elected officials on April 8 to celebrate the league’s opening day and the investment in the fields’ future.
“Skanska works in neighborhoods across the five boroughs, and we are proud to partner with local organizations in our communities,” said Thomas Nilsson, a Skanska USA vice president and lead executive for Skanska-Walsh. “We have been operating in New York for nearly a century, and Skanska is proud to make meaningful contributions to the Queens community that have a positive impact well beyond the scope of our projects.”
Some improvements — including the installation of an upgraded fence on the south side of the fields — have already been made, with additional changes coming during the league’s offseason, including the resurfacing of portions of the fields to create improved infields, grassing the outfield areas, and relocating and improving pitcher’s mounds and dugouts.
“We’re very excited about opening this year. We have an increase in registrations with the parents coming out to support and help keep this league running for years to come,” said Robert Isea, Elmjack Little League’s newly elected president. “This year is especially important as the league begins a multiyear project transformation to upgrade the fields and facilities.”
The Skanska-Walsh Joint Venture group has also gathered funds to sponsor one of the Elmjack Little League teams, who will go by “The Concourse Bees.” For the group, it’s important to give back to the community they work in. The LaGuardia Airport, where Skanska is working on creating a new Central Terminal B, is located adjacent to the Elmjack Little League Fields. Additionally, Skanska USA’s Civil Northeast headquarters is located less than a mile from the Elmjack fields.