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New Athletic Fields at Croton Point Park

August 1, 2006

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Top quality athletic fields in Croton have been in hard to come by. But that has just changed for the better. As of August 14, 2006, the Village will assume maintenance and administration from the County over the newly improved athletic fields at Croton Point Park. Here are the details.

The County is completing a major renovation started two years ago. The Croton Point Park sports complex includes a baseball diamond and a multipurpose rectangular turf field, a generous parking area and a bathroom facility and a water fountain.

The Village’s new permit fee is significantly lower than the fee charged by the County for these fields prior to the renovation. The Village is taking applications now in advance of the August 14th takeover date.

These fields are located on Croton Point Park Avenue a quarter mile east the interchange with Rt. 9/9A and 100 yards east of the overpass above and entrance into the Metro North rail yard.

The baseball diamond has a sand covered infield, full height backstop and a slightly elevated pitcher’s mound. The turf on the outfield is new and robust. A new water fountain is located behind the backstop. The football-soccer-field hockey-lacrosse field is elevated for good drainage, irrigated by internal sprinklers, with embedded sockets for soccer-style goals. Its new turf is —at present—chiefly a playground for white-tailed deer and Canada geese from the woods and waters nearby. The multipurpose field’s dimensions are generous and adequate for scholastic scale competition.

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The Village’s new permit price for both the baseball diamond and multipurpose field is $25 per hour, with a minimum of two hours ($50 for a two-hour time block) and $25 per additional hour. The previous County permit price amounted to $40 per hour, 60% higher than the new rate.

Although the County allows the Village to charge non-Village groups up to twice the hourly rate it would charge Village groups, doing so would require verifying Village residency from among all applicant groups. To simplify the application process, the Village has installed a single uniform permit fee for all groups, whether Village or non-Village.

The Croton Harmon School District athletic teams will use these fields for practices during the autumn weekdays. The District will help the Village underwrite the cost of maintenance and administration of the fields. Past users under the County price for the old fields included Croton AYSO and East Hudson Youth Soccer League teams as well as a number of regional youth and adult athletic leagues.

Potential Field Users may include the following athletic organizations:

Croton area Youth Athletic Groups:

  • Croton AYSO (crotonsoccer.org)
  • Croton Youth Lacrosse (a HVLAX team)
  • Little League Majors
  • East Hudson Youth Soccer League

Croton area Adult Athletic Groups:

  • Croton Lacrosse
  • Men’s Flag or Touch Football
  • Men’s over 30 Baseball
  • Croton Community Soccer
  • Croton Soccer Club

Regional Youth Athletic Groups:

Regional Adult Athletic Groups:

  • Northern Westchester Soccer League
  • Eastern District Soccer League (www.enysasa.org)
  • Hudson Valley OVER 30 Soccer League
  • Mt.Kisco Soccer League

We urge interested groups to immediately contact the Village Recreation Department for permit application for use of either the baseball or multipurpose field at 914-271-3006.

— Ann Gallelli, Charlie Kane, Leo Wiegman, Trustees, Village of Croton-on-Hudson

On October 26, 2008 9:06 AM, Tom Moore said:

http://www.lohud.com/article/20081026/SPORTS02/810260353/1110

October 26, 2008 October 26, 2008

Class C: Mainiero leads Croton-Harmon past Bronxville

Justin Jones The Journal News

CROTON-ON-HUDSON - Nick Mainiero would not let the Croton-Harmon Tigers squander their early lead and momentum against the visiting Bronxville Broncos.

Not on his watch.

The senior quarterback rushed for two scores and threw for two, with his second rushing touchdown putting the Tigers back in front for good as they went on to a 35-20 win in yesterday’s Class C quarterfinals.

No. 2A Croton-Harmon advanced to the semifinals and will play at No. 1B Dobbs Ferry, which has won 69 straight games against Section 1 teams.

“Coming into the game, I knew this could potentially be my last game, so I just left everything on the field,” said Mainiero, who finished the game with 53 yards rushing, two rushing touchdowns, 100 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air. “Coach had us ready and made some great play-calls today and this is just a surreal feeling going from 2-6 last year to now 7-1.”

Mainiero’s go-ahead touchdown was key for the Tigers because the momentum had swung to the Broncos.

Bronxville (3-5), which had trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half, came back to take the lead at 20-19 with 6:32 to go in the third quarter.

But Mainiero answered with a bootleg up the sideline that went for a 21-yard touchdown and made things 27-20.

He then connected with Joe Tralli on a 29-yard touchdown pass at the 5:38 mark of the fourth to put any chances of a Broncos comeback out of reach.

In conjunction with the strong running of fullback Dan Luntz - who rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries - the Tigers won the time-of-possession battle and wore down the Broncos’ defense late in the game.

“We watched a lot of film and we knew they had the ability to come back,” Luntz said. “After they took the lead, we just really came together.”

The Broncos couldn’t muster much offense early on but hit a gold mine once junior running back Brian Murray got on track carrying the ball.

Murray had one rushing touchdown, 160 yards on 14 carries and set up both second-half touchdowns, which were sneaked in by quarterback Dan Letz.

“I felt like we were with them for every step of the way, but a few plays didn’t go our way and we gave up too many first downs, which was frustrating,” Bronxville coach Jeff Napolitano said.

“They’re big, strong, and they battled the whole game,” Croton coach John Catano said of Bronxville.

Bronxville

On August 31, 2008 2:05 PM, Tom Moore said:

The Croton High School Football team will be using these fields again this year starting Aug 20, 2008.It is a shame that the village no longer controls the use of the fields. Who ever is doing the caretaking of the fields should spray them ASAP for mosquitoes. The team is getting eaten alive this year Aug 2008. Prevent West Nile Virus - http://www.westchestergov.com/health/Westnile.htm.

Go Tiger Football

On September 16, 2007 3:52 PM, Tom Moore said:

The Croton School District is using these fields at least with the football team.

My question: How is AYSO with field usage ?

Are the many groups that need fields renting space off of Westchester county?

On September 5, 2007 11:50 PM, Tom Moore said:

UPDATE on New Athletic Fields at Croton Point Park

First day of School (Wed Sept. 5, 2007). The Croton Harmon Foootball team was bused down to Croton Point to use the football field. I guess the Croton School District got the field from Westchester county.

On September 1, 2007 10:15 AM, Tom Moore said:

UPDATE on Fields.

Monday August 20, 2007 the Croton football team did begin practice at the High School Field. They have stayed off the infield of the baseball field. They have practice from 730am until dark. They have moved their practice down to spencer field in between the soccer teams pratices to use the goal posts, which were removed from the High School Field. This has been a big improvement over last year. They have not wasted time on buses back and forth to Croton Point.

First Game of the season is:

Saturday 9/8/2007, 130pm Lincoln Hall vs Croton at Spencer Field

Good luck to all the teams this Fall Season.

On August 19, 2007 12:33 AM, Tom Moore said:

I was watching channel 12 and they gave the following report about West Nile.

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Westchester, Rockland

Play the video (07/27/06) RYE - Health officials announced Thursday that mosquitoes collected in Rye and Orangetown have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Westchester County Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua Lipsman says it is the first confirmation of the virus in the county. Lipsman says the recent rainstorms and heat have created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Residents are advised to get rid of any standing water and use insect repellants that contain the chemical DEET.

In Westchester, the county has placed larvacide in 50,000 catch basins, which are marked with orange paint, to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding. And while people can contract the potentially fatal illness from a bite by an infected mosquito, health officials say there are only a dozen confirmed West Nile infections throughout the entire country.

Related Information: Westchester County Dept. of Health

Croton Harmon High School is sending the football team out to these fields to pratice starting Monday . Last year when the Village of Croton controled the fields they went out and sprayed the fields. Hopefully the school has notified Westchester county to sprayed the fields. I still don’t understand why the team just doesn’t practice on the field by the high school . It would be a lot cheaper and safer for the kids.

On August 8, 2007 4:46 PM, Tom Moore said:

Thanks Leo and Ann for the update on what happen. I agee with: “So much for “sharing” services to save money. This was a big mistake and we residents should let them know that they let us down once again.”

“We need cooperation, not isolation!”

I don’t think the community knows about this. When it comes time for AYSO,Little league, and other groups to use the fields in the Croton School distict and they run out of room. They will have to deal with Westchester county, who I heard was not happy when Croton said NO Thanks to taking control of the fields. This was a great deal for Croton, that the “new” board lost.

On August 7, 2007 9:54 PM, bojangles said:

And more the pity for Croton athletes.

The 3-2 vote by new majority on the village board was short-sighted and limiting as it sounds as if any “deal” with the county/school district/and village officials has been squelched. It was truly a missed opportunity and one that may or may not be offered again.

So much for “sharing” services to save money. This was a big mistake and we residents should let them know that they let us down once again.

We need cooperation, not isolation!

On August 7, 2007 9:32 PM, Stu said:

Thanks for asking the question Tom. I think some recent posters to this article confused the dates. The article submitted by Leo, Charlie and I in August 2006 received two comments. Recently at least three comments were posted that indicated that they thought the article was August 2007.

When the article was written, Leo, Charlie and I were explaining the possibilities of managing these fields and trying to raise awareness of the positive potential for this Municipal Agreement with the County that would let us do it.

Mayor Schmidt and Trustee Brennan were opposed at the time. When they achieved a majority on the Village Board, one of their first acts in April 2007 was to vote down this agreement on a 3-2 vote. The school district does use the fields and pay fees to the County as do other groups using the fields. As a result of turning down the agreement with the County, the Village now has no role in its maintenance, management or collection of fees.

On August 7, 2007 8:27 PM, Leo Wiegman said:

Dear Tom:

Imagine Aunt Edith calling up from Florida and saying to you: “We just fixed up our old apartment building next door to you. The mortgage is all paid off. But we can’t really keep on top of it from down here. So we want to let you rent it out. You can keep the revenue or live it in yourself. But you have to mow the lawn and pay the utilities.” That is more or less what the County—as Aunt Edith—has been doing.

The County has been trying to get out of the local field permit business for quite some time. The County’s motivation is to divest itself of operating expenses for valuable assets for which it feels it has made very inefficient use. So it has been making a capital improvement in quite a few such sites and then offering them to local communities. The very handsome Croton Point Park athletic fields may be the only unclaimed County field space that was improved and then found no suitor in the process.

At village budget time (April 2007), Croton backed out of the plan to share use and maintenance of these newly renovated fields with the school board. Our school district must have gone through the County Parks Department for permits for this fall.

Leo Wiegman
trusteew@bestweb.net

On August 6, 2007 9:56 PM, Tom Moore said:

bojangles, I might be wrong, but I think since the school district and the Croton village board couldn’t come up with a way to share the cost. The village dropped out of the deal. I think the school district is renting the fields from Westchester county. Maybe Leo, Ann or Charlie can shed some light on what happen ? I agree with you, it is a great deal.

On August 5, 2007 4:18 PM, bojangles said:

This arrangement with the County is a wonderful boon to all athletics, both adult and school age teams. We should remember the serious challenge to these arrangements from some of the shorter-sighted administrators and elected officials in the Village. Ann Gallelli, Charlie Kane and Leo Wiegman are to be applauded for their tenacity in pursuing this once in a lifetime deal for village of Croton residents. Failing to participate, as some would have liked, because of maintenance costs and personnel overload would have been a serious mistake. And praise to those who supported an additional recreation department employee to cover these additional responsibilities.

On August 5, 2007 1:42 PM, Tom Moore said:

The Croton High School Football team will be using these fields again this year starting Aug 20. Hopefully who ever is doing the caretaking of the fields spray them for mosquitoes. The team was eaten alive last year. Prevent West Nile Virus - http://www.westchestergov.com/health/Westnile.htm.

Go Tiger Football

On August 1, 2006 10:45 PM, Leo Wiegman said:

We forgot to mention above the dimensions of the new baseball diamond, 90 feet. Apologies for that omission!

We should also note that these new fields do not (yet) have lights. Therefore permit hours are during day light hours only.

Nonetheless, the lights from nearby Metro North yards mean the fields are not completely dark at night, which helps with security.

Leo Wiegman

On August 1, 2006 3:12 PM, waffels said:

These fields are beautiful, in Croton and the county paid to build them with facilitys(bathrooms/water). How much more perfect could it be. Even if there is some maintenance cost involved. I can’t imagine that any lost if any would be that substantial. Once the village utilizes these fields I would imagine that the community will agree it was a perfect arrangement and all who put it together will be applauded(or re-elected)….



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