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.
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 area Adult Athletic Groups:
Regional Youth Athletic Groups:
Regional Adult Athletic Groups:
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