NYC unveils new park plans for old Yankees Stadium
BRONX, New York (WABC) -- Ever since the new Yankees Stadium was built, Bronx residents have been waiting anxiously for the ball field that was promised to them and now they are relieved to know it's finally happening.
Today, the Yankees team and the city broke ground on the new, 11-acre, Heritage Field Park, which will be located at the site of the old stadium.
The Yankees are thrilled to be a part of the project. During the ground breaking ceremony, Randy Levine, president of the World Series winning team, said, "The Yankees are dedicated to being a good neighbor. We are dedicated to help in everything we can possibly do. This is a magnificent day for the Bronx, the Yankees, for everybody."
The ground breaking of the promised Heritage Field Park draws the much anticipated project closer to completion. The city's plan to develop parkland and much needed recreational facilities includes three ball fields, a playground, a comfort station and lots of open space.
Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx Borough President, believes that the borough is finally getting what it deserves.
"I'm here to say that something is finally going right in the borough of the Bronx," said Diaz. He, along with many others, hoped to see this park open long before late 2011, but everyone agrees that its better be late than never.
Adrian Benepe, New York City Parks Commissioner, acknowledged that this project to longer to start than he planned. "I want to thank the local community being patient with us. It never goes as fast as we would like it to go. We always want to do everything yesterday. But bit by bit we've been keeping our promises and that's the important thing."
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