Recreational Upgrade Funded by Federal & County Grants
City Park on Fifth Avenue is New Rochelle’s primary active recreational facility. In order to modernize our playing fields and better position them for growing demand, our Parks and Recreation Department launched a master planning process led by a parks consulting group called Stantec.
Earlier this month, Stantec unveiled their plans. They feature improved fields for soccer, football, baseball, and softball, a new splash pad, better walking trails, and expanded parking. As an additional option, Stantec presented a new ice skating facility that could address growing demand for ice time and replace the recently-closed ice rink at New Roc City.
View the master plan presentation for City Park.
The plans, excluding the ice rink, cost roughly $12 million. Fortunately, the lion’s share of this price tag can be covered by a federal FEMA grant and through assistance from the County’s legacy program. The rink, however, is estimated to cost about $8 million more. In order to proceed with this component, the City will need significant private contributions and will also have to employ a business model that generates income for rink operations and debt service. The Council has asked our staff to explore this challenge in greater detail.