Fields For Kids (FFK) was launched in October 2006 when a group of more than 200 local parents came together to advocate for better playing fields. They attended Village and Town board meetings as well as School Board meetings to speak about the need for more fields and field improvements. In January 2007, FFK worked with the Village of Larchmont and the Town of Mamaroneck to file an application to Westchester County's Legacy Grant Program to fund a turf field in Flint Park and a renovation of Flint and Lorenzen parks. With the help of NY State Assemblyman George Latimer, they were awarded a $2,550,000 Legacy Grant.
According to Steve Otis, our current state Assemblyman, "Fields for Kids is the model for successfully energizing community support to expand and improve athletic field space for kids. Mamaroneck and Larchmont families have benefited from a succession of outstanding recreation projects made possible by this organization."
Alexander Alma Memorial Field at Flint Park officially opened on October 8, 2010. Following the success of this project, FFK collaborated with the Mamaroneck School district to raise funds to renovate Memorial Field at the high school which opened in March of 2011.
According to the district's John Savage, "Fields for Kids has dramatically changed the opportunities for all students in the Mamaroneck School District. As a physical education teacher I have seen high school physical education classes enjoy the turf field at the high school. I coach two sports, field hockey and girl's lacrosse, that have both benefited for Memorial and Alma turf field. Having games cancelled because the field was not safe to play on is a thing of the past. Skills of players in both programs have improved because of the quality of the fields.
I can without reservation state that the last two state championships by the field hockey program benefited from the turf fields in the community. I have also used Alma field to introduce field hockey to students in the elementary schools as well as clinics for middle school students.
Fields for Kids has had a positive effect on athletics in the Larchmont/ Mamaroneck community by the financial investment they made. I am very appreciative of their continued efforts to improve the lives of our children."
In March 2014, FFK turned their efforts to creating a baseball complex at Lorenzen Park. Work began in the summer of 2016 and is expected to be completed in time for the 2017 baseball season.
According to Bill Nachtigal, President, Larchmont Mamaroneck Little League, "We are excited to have a new home for Little League in which baseball and softball can be in the same facility. We think it will be a wonderful park for both players and spectators and where the community can come together and where relationships can form and grow on and off the playing fields."
Fields for Kids will continue to collaborate with local governments and the school district to advocate on behalf of all the children who play sports in our community.
Building on our past successes, we will continue tolook for opportunities to create public/private partnerships to expand and improve fields.
We anticipate the opening of the Lorenzen complex in the Spring of 2017 and will work with Little League to keep the community updated on its progress.
We will develop a field use plan and help manage local resources to meet the needs of our growing community.
We will fundraise as needed in order to both maintain fields as well as to create new fields as opportunities arise.
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