Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez’s plans to renovate three major parks in West New York continue as the township recently broke ground for renovations at Miller Stadium, the field where both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig once played.
The mayor and town commissioners were on hand at a ceremony to begin construction of a new drainage system and multi-purpose turf playing field at the stadium.
Miller Stadium, at 5908 Jackson Street, is more than one hundred years old.
In June of 2019, Mayor Rodriguez and the Board of Commissioners took the first steps in an aggressive plan to revitalize three of West New York’s major parks while protecting local taxpayers.
The commissioners voted unanimously to introduce three bonding ordinances for renovations at Miller Stadium, Patricia McEldowney Field, and Centennial Field.
The improvements will benefit all West New York residents at no cost to local taxpayers, according to the press release.
Kids packed the meeting
“Our parks have been severely neglected in recent years, denying our children and all residents the open space and recreational opportunities they deserve,” Rodriguez said. “We had an opportunity to right that wrong earlier this year, but unfortunately politics got in the way, and the former mayor blocked these much-needed improvements. I’m proud that one of our new administration’s first acts is investing in our community and our youth while fixing that profound mistake.”
Similar bond ordinances were considered by the commissioners in Jan. of 2019. However, the ordinances failed to pass.
The pleas of local parents and children who packed the meeting calling for park improvements fell on deaf ears at the time, and the ordinance failed to achieve the required four votes.
The newly sworn-in board passed the ordinance introductions unanimously on June 5. According to the mayor, these improvements will be made at no cost to West New York taxpayers and will be funded by county and state grants the town has secured.
“Our children are our community’s future, and I can’t wait to see these parks be rebuilt to suit their needs and give all of them places to play, learn, and grow,” said Parks and Public Property Commissioner Victor Barrera. “West New York residents deserve these kinds of community amenities, and our entire team is committed to delivering on our promise to move our town forward with actions like this.”
Planned renovations include a new drainage system and turf playing surface at Miller Stadium, which will now be used as a multipurpose field for football, baseball, and soccer games.
Other recreational fields in parks will undergo similar renovations in West New York.
On the waterfront, Centennial Field will receive a new turf playing surface and draining improvements. Patricia McEldowney Field will be completely refurbished and equipped with security cameras to ensure public safety in the area.
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