2006-05-19 / Sports

Broad Channel Little League Swims To Shore At Opening

By Elio Velez

The BCAC did get its opening day slate of games underway on a sunny afternoon as a Rookie Mets player leaps on home plate to score against the Yankees. The BCAC did get its opening day slate of games underway on a sunny afternoon as a Rookie Mets player leaps on home plate to score against the Yankees. With reconstruction underway at the Broad Channel Athletic Club's baseball/football field on 1st Road, the annual Little League Parade and Opening Day have moved to the BCAC Day Camp at the foot of the Cross Bay Bridge.

When the marchers came down Cross Bay from their starting point at PS 47 on 10th Road, they found a big problem. Ahuge moat of water developed overnight due between the roadway entrance and the field entrance to the park.

Instead of marching from the parking lot to the BCAC Day camp fields, marchers had to snake around the large pool of water or were transported by car or the BCVFD firetrucks.

Though the games started on time, the potential flooding at the field have occurred for years. It is expected to continue unless the Department of Environmental Protection and the city can come up with a reasonable solution according to Ed O'Hare, Republican District 23 Leader for Broad Channel, Howard Beach and Rockaway.

In Rookie 4 action, the Mets runner beats the tag from the opposing Astros first baseman. In Rookie 4 action, the Mets runner beats the tag from the opposing Astros first baseman. "This problem has been here for the last 20 years. I don't understand why DEP won't put a drain. After every major rainstorm, the water remains for days.

"We've been talking to them for years about this. I don't understand why don't put a drain to take the water out of here. This should happen all the time because this field gets used all the time," O'Hare says.

For those who didn't have vehicles to get past the flood of water, marchers had to tiptoe their way around dry land to the field. For those who didn't have vehicles to get past the flood of water, marchers had to tiptoe their way around dry land to the field. The BCAC Little League Parade had to find other means to get past the floodwaters. Photos By Borriello Photography. The BCAC Little League Parade had to find other means to get past the floodwaters. Photos By Borriello Photography. The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department escorts little league players from their trucks. The Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department escorts little league players from their trucks.

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