UTICA, N.Y. – Seymour Park in North Utica is getting a new multi-purpose grass field that can be used for football, soccer and lacrosse.
“Our park system is one of the biggest selling points of our city and one of the largest components of the quality of life for our residents. When we invest in our parks, we’re investing in families, in neighborhoods and in children. We’ve been aggressive in upgrading our parks because we want to continue to make Utica more beautiful and more fun than any little city in America,” said Mayor Robert Palmieri.
The project is an extension of the City of Utica Parks Master Plan that was developed in 2017 after Utica was awarded $250,000 through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Financial Restructuring Board initiative. The plan to update 21 parks was approved by the Common Council earlier this year.
“The city has never had an athletic field in North Utica. It's the first of its kind up here. That was the purpose. We've talked about this for several years and it was identified again in our park master plan. We are proceeding with our park master plan with this project,” said Dave Short, commissioner of the Department of Public Works.
The City Parks Department and Department of Public Works will work on construction of the project, which will happen in two phases. The first phase will be digging up the area for the field, and the second will be finishing the field, which is scheduled to be finished in the spring of 2020.