2000-04-01 / Letters

Save Memorial Field

Dear Editor;

In response to your article in regards to the land in question that
is presently being used by the Broad Channel Athletic Club in your March 18 issue. The B.C.A.C has leased this property for over 35 years from the City of New York. Over the years we have upgraded this facility to the point where it is now a state of the art sports facility complete with lighted fields, field house, bleachers, bathrooms and a concession stand. This property is used by children from all over, not only Broad Channel. Over the last eight years we upgraded this property with the installment of lights, a baseball diamond and a soccer/football field. We now use this field in every season
of the year, with over 1,000 children using the complex. All this work
took thousands of man-hours to complete, not to mention all the money it cost which was raised through some very generous people.

Does anyone really think that this is a fair thing to do? Why should the city have the right to come in now after all we have done and take this property away from us. We are willing to buy this land or continue to lease it from the city. Has anyone ever drove by on a Friday evening and observed all the 16 to 21 year-old young men and woman playing softball or football. If the city takes over the land does this mean that these young adults might not be able to play there? Question- where will they be then? Answer- probably hanging out on the corner.

Lets face it, it appears to me that certain local politicians have it in for the B.C.A.C. for one reason or another and the only people that
will suffer is the children that use the property. I think the time has come
for our local borough president to take charge of this situation and let this property stay the way it has been for over 30 years.

MARTIN FEENEY



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