2 times • FEBRUARY 4, 2016 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com Maspeth park redesign gets CB 5 Committee Approval By Anthony Giudice firstname.lastname@example.org @A_GiudiceReport After months of meetings, proposals and arguments, the Community Board 5 (CB 5) Parks Committee made a decision Feb. 2 on plans to reconstruct the ballfields at Maspeth’s Frank Principe Park that they hope will please everyone. The Parks Department presented the committee with five design choices for the proposed soccer field and Little League/softball fields: three designs that have been presented at prior meetings, along with two new designs. The first new design, Option 4, has the soccer field on the eastern section of the soft surface field, with the two Little League/softball fields diagonally across from each other. The soccer field would be surfaced with synthetic turf, with the ball fields having a natural turf. A 24-foot-high chain-link fence will be installed between the soccer fields and the ball fields to prevent any overlap in play between the two sports. This plan omits a section of bleachers in order to provide the ballfields with more space. The second option of new designs, Option 5, is similar to Option 4 with the soccer field on the eastern part of the field and the ballfields on the western portion. In this proposal, the Little League/softball fields would be facing diagonally toward each other, with a slight overlap in play. The fields will be artificial turn and natural turf, as in Option 4, and will have a 24-foot-high chain-link fence separating the sports fields. The Parks Committee voted unanimously in favor of supporting Option 5 with several stipulations. The committee wants bleachers to be provided for soccer spectators on the east side of the field; the chainlink fence to be replaced between the east end of the proposed soccer field; and the fence near the pedestrian walkway to be reduced from the proposed 16 feet to a height low enough for spectators sitting on the bleachers to view a game. They also want to see horizontal reinforcement bars installed for the exterior fencing behind the backstops Community Board 5’s Parks Committee made their recommendation on which plan they like best for the reconstruction of Frank Principe Park’s ballfields. of the proposed Little League/softball fields, as well as all surfacing be artificial turf, which is much easier to maintain. Option 5 will also include the installation of electrical conduits so that Courtesy of CB 5 recreational lighting can be installed in a future project when funding becomes available. The full board will vote on the committee’s recommendation at its next meeting on Feb. 10. RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice CB 5 meets Next Board 5 meeting in Middle Village Feb. 10 Street fairs, the city’s next budget and a proposed ambulance charging station headline the next Community Board 5 meeting in Middle Village on Wednesday, Feb. 10. As announced by District Manager Gary Giordano, the session takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Christ the King Regional High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. The meeting includes a public hearing on the Fiscal Year 2017 Preliminary Budget of the City of New York and a presentation by representatives of FDNY regarding a proposed ambulance charging station in the area of Grand Avenue and 69 Street in Maspeth. The agenda also includes the public forum, a review of current applications for the sale of alcoholic beverages and building demolition notices, and committee reports. The Board 5 Executive Committee will also offer its recommendations regarding six street fair applications in 2016. Speakers are limited to 3 minutes and are asked to register in advance by calling the CB 5 office at 718-366-1834.
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