Local youth sports leagues can once again enjoy Miller Field at Gateway National Recreation Area, New York.
The repair and rehabilitation work on the sports fields at Miller Field at Gateway National Recreation Area was successfully completed on June 28. Miller Field was used as a staging area by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross and Con Edison of New York for first response activities after Hurricane Sandy.
The 28 sports fields, used for soccer, football, baseball and softball, received significant damage from salt water inundation, floating debris, and first responder equipment operating on saturated turf. In order to help the surrounding communities on Staten Island recover and return to normal, a seemingly impossible goal was set in March to make 17 fields safe and playable by April 20th – the usual start of the spring sports season for the numerous youth and adult teams that use the sports fields.
Denver Service Center staff worked with Gateway NRA staff and NPS Hurricane Sandy Recovery coordinators to engage landscape and turf consultants, prepare contract documents, obtain approvals and funding in order to award a contract to repair the turf by April 2. The contract called for rehabilitating the turf on 85 acres of sports turf by the application of gypsum and lime, performing 8-inch deep aeration, and over seeding. Ruts and worn areas were re-graded, top soiled, seeded and irrigated. Nine infields were re-graded or completely reconstructed, and backstops & dugout areas were repaired. Missing or damaged soccer goals were replaced, and fields were mowed and striped just in time for the April 20th re-opening of 17 sports fields.
“Community coaches, athletes and other people have thanked the NPS and contractor staff for their quick turnaround in making the fields usable for the summer sports season,” said Hugh Duffy, Denver Service Center project manager.
Eleven soccer fields remained out of service to receive additional care and grow-in time. By June 28 all 28 fields were ready for use.