From city Communications Director Brett Broesder:
Construction of three brand-new, state-of-the-art turf fields is on target and on time for the North End Little League’s Opening Day.
“We’ve renovated and created over 100 acres of parkland, and we’re just getting started,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “The kids of the North End Little League will be playing on brand new turf fields on opening day. Crews worked all winter long to make it happen. This is an investment in our future and in our children as we continue to make Bridgeport a place where families choose to raise their kids and grandkids.”
“The fields are beautiful. We couldn’t be more grateful to Mayor Finch. When I look at this complex, it is clear to me how much he cares about the kids of Bridgeport,” said Joe Badolato, a league official. “The kids can’t wait for the season to start. And truthfully the grownups can’t either. This will be an Opening Day to remember.”
Construction has been ongoing throughout the winter. Jorge Garcia, the director of Public Facilities, said crews worked through sub-freezing temperatures and occasional frozen engine blocks and will complete the project on schedule.
The new fields at Blackham School include the same artificial turf used in professional baseball stadiums as well as new dugouts, scoreboards and backstops.
The facility hosts three ball fields, including an all-inclusive field that will accommodate people with special needs, according to Garcia. Better drainage on the artificial turf will translate to more time playing and less down time for kids.
“North End Little League has been the heart and soul of the North End community,” said City Council President Tom McCarthy, who also serves the 133rd District. “We’re excited to contribute to this organization that has meant so much to the kids of this neighborhood.”
“As soon as any rain stops, kids can be back on the diamond playing ball,” Garcia said.
“This is a great addition for everyone in the North End. We are upgrading and building new parks all across the city,” said Mayor Finch. “We won’t stop until we have a park and playground within walking distance for every kid in Bridgeport.”