KINGSTON, NY – A newly constructed soccer field and parking lot at Kingston Point is officially open, according to Mayor Steve Noble.
On Thursday, June 9, Noble and representatives from the Parks and Recreation Department, members of City Council, Recreation Commissioners and youth soccer players from Kingston Thunder FC held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new soccer field. and parking.
“This is the first football pitch in our already extensive parks portfolio, so we are delighted to add this much-awaited amenity, and just in time for summer,” Noble said in a press release.
The football pitch and car park were constructed as part of Phase 1 of the Kingston Point Park infrastructure improvement project. The project was funded by a grant from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
The parking lot and soccer field incorporated a design approach to lift amenities out of the floodplain by raising the land to accommodate sea level rise and prevent flooding, the city said in a statement. a statement.
The design also incorporated elements of green infrastructure to manage stormwater and maximize green space, the press release said.
A new playground is expected to be built next to the beach on the north side of Delaware Avenue this summer. The playground was funded separately from the city’s recreation expense reserve. Construction is expected to start in early July.
“We are thrilled to officially open this long-awaited youth soccer field,” Lynsey Timbrouck, the city’s director of recreation, said in a prepared statement.
“The demand for football pitches and training time has increased dramatically over the past two years, so we are proud to now be able to provide play space for children in our community!” said Timbruck.
Phase 2 of the Kingston Point Park Infrastructure Improvement Project will include improvements south of Delaware Avenue, including the facilitation and formal establishment of a wetland at the west end of the existing parking lot, and improvements, including regrading and paving the east end of the parking lot, the statement said.
Kingston received a $654,500 State Department grant for Phase 2 construction, scheduled for 2023.