East Harlem Baseball Field Closed by NYC Officials for the Development of Luxury Housing
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Help Us Stop the proposed development of Luxury Housing on the site of a East Harlem communities Little League Baseball Field that will impact everyone in our community from residents to small business owners, but most importantly will affect the health of our children. The existence of this Ball Field has helped kids in East Harlem fight Obesity, Asthma and Mental health disease rates that are among the highest in the country. Incarceration of NYC city Youth is also amongst the highest rates in the country, if we lose this Ball Field our youth will be left without a place to play, grow and develop life skills. The field on 111th st. was once home to the East Harlem Little League organization, East Harlem Titans Youth football and baseball organization along with locals for over 20 years. The Titans were first to leave the park then East Harlem Little League was forced out by NYC officials. Throughout the years many people in the community have utilized the field to stay active by jogging, exercising, playing touch football, softball and soccer. Local Student-Athletes used the field and batting cages to improve their skills and perfect their craft in their respective sports, allowing them to earn grants and scholarships and further their education. Due to a lack of funding the field was not always in the best condition, but the community always kept it clean,safe,and usable. Eventually the little league was able to get a few sponsors to help build a beautiful field. For the first time ever the Community's Ball field had an official home run fence, bright yellow foul poles, new dugouts, benches and a well manicured baseball field that made kids feel like they had their own Yankee stadium right here in East Harlem. Along with the new field came new positive attitudes, confidence, commitment and a sense of being an important part of society for many children. Most importantly it brought the community together, my children and their friends of all different backgrounds were all fortunate to participate in all the activities that took place in the park, keeping them healthy, focused, out of trouble while getting them into great schools. It has also helped build courage, character and strength. With the removal of this field, hundreds of children will have their dreams reduced to rubble while the risk of being imprisoned sadly increases. A couple of seasons were played after the installation of what many in the neighborhood knew as the 112th st. "Field Of Dreams" , but that has all come to an abrupt end without the community being properly informed and having any say in this situation. Deemed by NYC officials, H.P.D and Community Board 11 as the "111th st. Ball Field" the field has been chained, padlocked, intentionally turned into an eye sore and is no longer accessible to the community. The Ball field currently sits padlocked while NYC officials review development proposals and intend on rezoning East Harlem, which is a Low-Income Hard Working community in favor of High Rise Luxury Housing that will displace thousands of citizens from homes, parks and businesses. Hundreds of kids have seen their summer pass them by without a place in their neighborhood for them to play, stay healthy, interact with others and enjoy their summer vacation. Our Youth deserve a bright future and resources that give them all an equal chance to advance!
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