New Athletic Field Complex Planned at Camp Eastman
Today, Supervisor Dave Seeley was joined by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, State Senator Rich Funke and representatives from Irondequoit Youth Soccer and Irondequoit Youth Lacrosse to announce plans for the construction of a new athletic field complex at Camp Eastman.
Work will begin next year to build four fields, where only one currently exists. This will help meet the growing demand for athletic fields in Irondequoit, and comes just as the finishing touches are being put on a new ballpark complex behind Town Hall. This project is made possible by a $250,000 grant secured by Majority Leader Morelle and a $250,000 grant secured by Senator Funke.
“We are grateful to Majority Leader Morelle and Senator Funke for securing this funding to benefit the youth of Irondequoit. As we look to keep Irondequoit the best place in the area to raise a family, the need for athletic fields can’t be overstated,” said Supervisor Seeley. “We are, however, a town that is almost entirely developed, so I am thrilled we will be able to transform one of our last large plots of vacant land to a complex that will create memories for thousands of Irondequoit families for years to come.”
“In an age where outdoor activities have taken a backseat to video games, smart phones, and other modern conveniences, investing in parks and fields for recreational sports helps encourage our children to lead active and healthy lifestyles and develop skills that will enable them to succeed both now and in the future,” said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle. “I am proud to have secured funding to help create these public spaces for families to enjoy for generations to come. I thank Supervisor Seeley and everyone at the Town of Irondequoit for their hard work and continued commitment to improving the quality of life for everyone who is lucky enough to call this town home.”
“As someone who raised a family and spent most of my adult life in this town, I couldn’t be happier that we are making this quality of life investment for Irondequoit’s children and families,” said Funke. “I’ve seen first-hand how sports can inspire young people to do more, to be more, and to achieve more in all aspects of life, and I am excited to know that Irondequoit lacrosse and soccer players will enjoy these fields for years to come. My thanks to Majority Leader Morelle and Supervisor Seeley for their partnership.”
For many years, Irondequoit Youth Lacrosse and Irondequoit Youth Soccer League practices and games have been occasions for families to gather and for children to participate in healthy and fun activities. These activities help youth develop leadership, teamwork and social skills. As these leagues have grown in popularity, they have found themselves competing for a limited, scattered selection of fields.
The new complex will largely remove a hill that runs through the center of an open field, in the rear of the Park. The plan also includes a 110 car parking lot.
"The Irondequoit Soccer Club would like to thank Town Supervisor Seeley, Assemblyman Morelle, Senator Funke, and former town Supervisor Bello for their hard work and perseverance in securing the space and funds to make this happen. In a town with over 98 percent development it is extremely difficult to provide open space for sports and recreation, which are an important and integral part of community life and development. With that said, all involved went above and beyond to make this happen, and the kids and our community will benefit for years to come," said Mark Webster, President with Irondequoit Soccer Club.
“Irondequoit Youth Lacrosse is absolutely thrilled to hear this wonderful news. We are so proud of our community leaders’ commitment to the youth of Irondequoit. We especially thank Supervisor Seeley, Senator Funke and Assemblyman Morelle. Not only is this a big step in the right direction for our youth but also for the town of Irondequoit!” said Ed Leva, Irondequoit Youth Lacrosse, Boys Director.
Construction will begin this fall on the new fields. The Town expects the project to be completed in its entirety by Spring of 2018.