Ball Field Gets Makeover
Far Rockaway youth will be among those who will gain from the New York Mets hosting Major League Baseball’s All-Star game next month. As part of a series of community and charitable initiatives leading up to the 84th All- Star Game, MLB will help renovate several ball fields in the city including O’Donohue Park on Beach 17th Street.
Bulldozers have leveled the field, owned by the Parks Department, which will undergo major renova-tions. “It is scheduled to be completed in the spring/early summer,” according to a Parks Department spokesperson.
The new field will include new in-field mix, regrading of skinned in-field and grass outfield to facilitate drainage, amending of existing soil, new sod, and a new irrigation system. The field also will feature new dugout fencing, backstop and refurbished outfield fencing and bleachers.
The field is being reconstructed as a result of a grant from MLB All-Star Legacy funding and will be renovated with assistance from Scotts, a lawn-care company. MLB and the Mets plan to donate more than $4 million, through MLB Charities and the New York Mets Foundation to MLB All-Star projects in the New York Metropolitan area.