Westchester Legislators Announce Renovation Plan for Yonkers Parks

By Ernie Garcia
The Journal News • January 13, 2009

YONKERS - The Westchester County Board of Legislators has announced plans for the county to spend $7.2 million for improvements to three city parks.

The money will be used to repair and upgrade ball fields at Pelton Field and Fleming Park, as well as create a new skate park at the Edward J. Murray Memorial Skating Center.

The county’s first step in the project was the approval of a $650,000 bond to pay for the projects’ design and construction management. The county will then issue construction bonds once the designs are ready.

Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone praised the legislators’ actions.

"Fleming Field and Murray Rink are among our most used parks facilities. Unfortunately, heavy use over the years has worn their condition," Amicone said in a statement.

Pelton Field, a busy 3.1-acre park that draws hundreds of soccer and baseball players and spectators on summer weekends, will get artificial-turf fields to replace the natural turf. Pelton’s new design will include adult and Little League baseball fields and a rectangular field for soccer, lacrosse or field hockey.

There will also be a small parking lot, new bleachers and renovated bathrooms at Pelton.

Fleming Park will get new artificial turf on the upper level of the 3.75-acre field. The new turf will accommodate various baseball and soccer fields, and there will also be new bleachers, fencing, walkways and landscaping.

The new skate park at the Murray center will be built in a portion of the facility’s parking lot. It will have bleachers and modular ramps.