Westchester Community College Starts $2.5M Renovations To Sports Fields

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Renovations are under way on the athletic fields at SUNY Westchester.
Renovations are under way on the athletic fields at SUNY Westchester. Photo Credit: Courtesy of SUNY Westchester Community College

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Construction has begun on a $2.5 million project to renovate the athletic fields and connecting roadways at SUNY Westchester Community College under the supervision of BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers.

"The new fields will significantly improve the Westchester Community College's athletic program, which includes the Region XV’s Division I men’s basketball team as well as women’s and men’s volleyball, soccer, bowling, baseball, softball, and golf teams," Robert Cirillo the college’s superintendent of Physical Plant said in a statement. "The upgraded facilities will also benefit Westchester County's public school students and the entire local community by providing access to high quality recreational and sports facilities."

The baseball field will be completely re-constructed to meet current NCAA standards. The new field will feature a new backstop, dugouts, bullpens, warning tracks, and perimeter fencing. The baseball field and the infield will also receive a new drainage system.  The existing natural turf will be replaced with grass sod rolled out on a new sand and compost base to allow the field to return to use shortly following the construction.

The field will also feature a 1,000-square-foot building, which will house a concession stand, bathrooms, and utility rooms on the first floor and a press box on the second floor.

Upgrades to the 3.40-acre Barrett Field will include field re-grading, an under-drainage system, an irrigation system, a new 12-foot-by-5-foot Nevco Model 3502 scoreboard, and new bleachers adjacent to the existing grandstand.

In addition to the athletic field improvements, the work will include a new emergency vehicle access drive.  This roadway will provide access to the West Field baseball fields from the existing Knollwood Gate access drive, and a new pedestrian path connecting the West Field with the Physical Education building, which will improve pedestrian access and reduce conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles.

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The money saved by not raising staff salaries for four years is at least being used for something good!