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Dobbs Ferry to Renovate Fields at Gould Park

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Construction has been common in Dobbs Ferry this year with intersections and street corners receiving recent makeovers. Soon Gould Park will join the list as it is set to be the location of more construction later this month.

The project will focus on the lower level fields of the park as the village looks to improve the playing surfaces. In a message to residents, Mayor Hartley Connett said the smaller baseball diamond in the northeast corner of the park will be removed, including the backstop and benches as the whole area will be replaced with natural grass.

Paddy Steinschneider, who has been a youth football coach in Dobbs Ferry for the past 18 years, said parents should be happy about the new field and what it could mean going forward.

“My hope is that we will still eventually find a way of creating an entirely new field to serve the athletics in the village,” he said. “The village being willing to step up and make improvements at the ballpark to make a safe place for the kids to play is great.”

Connett said the next step will be to “skin” the larger baseball field to have it accommodate every level of play and base dimensions. Along with a reduction in maintenance costs, Connett said there will be a number of benefits from the project.

“The regrading and new turf will improve the overall quality of Gould Field, eliminating the current ridges and slopes that cause injury and improve the drainage and overall looks of the facility,” he said in a message to residents.

The project will help with the flooding that the fields experience after a rainstorm.

“The parks department does heroic work to get that field ready for competition [after it rains], but again it’s a tremendous expense to do that each time,” Steinschneider said.

The field project will also be paid in full by a recreation account rather than tax payers. Connett said the field will be shut down until the spring of next year while the project is ongoing.

“This is another small step forward within the stated plan to make improvements to the active recreational facilities within our village,” he said in the message.

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