Buss Reports Features Softball & Baseball Field Issues
On July 29, Buss Reports published an excellent investigative report regarding the reconstruction of sports fields throughout Manhattan, and interviewed YSA's Al Morales about the fields at Frederick Douglass and Dewitt Clinton.
Here's the video of Al's interview:
Click here to read the article!
Play Fair Campaign
About Play Fair
Play Fair is a new multi-year advocacy campaign for parks leading up to the Mayoral election in 2021. In 2019, we are kicking off the Play Fair campaign by focusing on a significant increase to the expense budget for the Parks Department, which would “baseline,” or secure, funding for much-needed maintenance, gardener and park worker positions in the City budget.
Over the years, many parks advocates have asserted that ongoing maintenance is critical to the well-being of our parks and that recent capital investments by the City MUST be accompanied by investing in the “infrastructure of people” to care for these parks. Investing in greenspaces also improves air quality, makes our neighborhoods more resilient, and brings New Yorkers closer to nature.
Today we are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Council Member Barry Grodenchik, Chair of the Parks Committee, the New York League of Conservation Voters, and DC37, the Parks workers’ union, to form the PLAY FAIR COALITION.
The Play Fair Coalition will ask the Mayor and the City Council to direct much needed maintenance and operations funding to the NYC Parks Department. Although City parks make up 14% of NYC’s land, last year the agency only received a meager 0.59% of the total City budget. For too long, parks and gardens have been overlooked as essential infrastructure for healthy neighborhoods: now is the time to demand change and PLAY FAIR for PARKS!
Open Letter to YSA Players from Al Morales
We are happy announce that we’ve achieved a small victory in our struggle with the Parks Department by getting them to keep the Morningside Park fields in service.
We are now asking the Parks Department to reconsider their decision to close the DeWitt Clinton fields this spring/summer season and delay reconstruction until the fall, because the spring and summer seasons are the busiest time of the year for recreational sports in our city.
Parks postponed construction on at least two fields to allow PSAL to complete their season, which began in March. We presented that fact to them and asked why Little League and adult leagues can’t also play. With a little prodding they issued some permits for Dewitt allowing leagues to start the season but ending access to the fields abruptly and not offering any replacement fields. Like the fields in Morningside, these fields are not in dire need of repair and reconstruction.
We need them to delay the construction on DeWitt Clinton until the fall season. Having one of the few, and heavily used, midtown fields in Manhattan closed during the summer makes absolutely no sense. Please help us help you by signing the petition to preserve access to our ballfields, and ask your friends and teammates to sign it too!
We are committed to fighting for your access to the ballfields and for all New Yorkers to be able to enjoy the tax-supported resources of the City. Thank you for your support.
Play Ball is an initiative from MLB and USA Baseball that highlights the many ways baseball can be played, including outside of traditionally organized baseball leagues and tournaments, ranging from playing catch, stickball and Wiffle ball to participating in skills competitions like "Pitch, Hit & Run." PlayBall.org serves as its online home, featuring coaching tips, parent resources and health and safety info. It's also a resource to find out how to gets kids involved in Play Ball activities and get links to youth-related news and events, plus searchable maps for local community leagues. Check it out!