Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #429
Peter's Field Playground (2nd Ave & 21st St)
Proposed lighting for night time games


Since many of our Gramercy Park families bring their young children to Peter's Field (2nd Ave & 21st St) to play sports and games, ride bikes, etc, we thought the following information might be of interest.

 

The Community Board 6 Parks, Landmarks and Cultural Affairs Committee, chaired by Gramercy Park neighbor Gary Papush, is considering "a proposal by the NYC Social Sports Club, which, at its own expense, is hoping to install new lighting around the Second Avenue playground so that adult kickball games can be played into the evening come fall."

 

According to the Town & Village article below, Papush "said the board welcomes attendance at the upcoming meeting by nearby residents, who, he suspects, may have questions about noise from the evening games or just how bright the new lighting will be." 


If you wish to attend the committee meeting, it will be held Tuesday, September 3rd at 7 p.m. at the NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 First Avenue, in the Coles 109 room.

  

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 Thursday, August 22, 2013


Sports club aims to shed a little light on Peter's Field   
Photo by Sabina Mollot
Peter's Field on Second Avenue

 

By Sabina Mollot

Peter's Field, the spacious playground that's used by students of middle school next door Simon Baruch as well as plenty of adults, due to the lack of kiddie play equipment, will be the subject of an upcoming Community Board 6 meeting.

The board's Parks Committee will be considering a proposal by the NYC Social Sports Club, which, at its own expense, is hoping to install new lighting around the Second Avenue playground so that adult kickball games can be played into the evening come fall.

The club is an adults only (21 and up) organizer of co-ed leagues of various sports, whose participants play at many locations, including Peter's Field. 

This space is used by the kickball players on Tuesday nights, according to NYC Social's president, Amy Short. On other nights of the week, she said the space is utilized by similar organizations for sports like softball and tennis. 

The lighting, said Short, is necessary to continue in the fall what the club has already been doing throughout the spring and summer.

"Not much is changing," she said, other than the fact that the nights are getting longer.  "A well lit area is appealing and safer," she added.

The proposal requests that players be able to continue games through 10 p.m., though Short said the time actually varies and could end earlier or later. However, including a time in the CB6 proposal was required. 

Anyone is welcome to join in the games as long as they're at least 21, though there is a seasonal fee of $125, which covers two months of kickball. Other sports organized by NYC Social, which is headquartered in Flatiron, include bowling, basketball, dodgeball, soccer and flag football at locations on the Bowery and in Chelsea.

Peter's Field is jointly overseen by the Parks Department as well as the Department of Education, since it is open to the public except during school hours, when it is the official playground of M.S. 104.

Gary Papush, chair of the CB6 Parks Committee, said the board welcomes attendance at the upcoming meeting by nearby residents, who, he suspects, may have questions about noise from the evening games or just how bright the new lighting will be. 

The committee meeting is set for Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m. at the NYU Langone Medical Center, 550 First Avenue, in the Coles 109 room.