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UTICA – A new athletic field is set to be built at T.R. Proctor Park in Utica this fall, according to Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.
The multi-purpose field will be more than 94,000-square-feet in size, with synthetic turf, and it will be available for use for soccer, football, lacrosse and rugby, among other sports. The project also includes a field house, scoreboard, field lighting, bleachers and fielding perimeter fencing.
Palmieri says the more than $2 million project is contingent on approvals by the Utica Common Council and the Utica Planning Board.
The project is made possible by the following partners:
- Sal Longo Foundation
- Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
- City of Utica
- Funding secured by state Sen. Joseph Griffo
- Funding secured by state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi
- The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties
Palmeiri says the project will provide “a tremendous quality of life asset and serve as a catalyst for economic development,” because he says it has already garnered interest among groups to host sporting tournaments and other events.
“The generosity of Sal Longo, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and advocacy from project partners will enhance the quality of life for countless children,” Palmieri said in a news release. “This is an exciting and transformative initiative that could not have come to fruition without everyone working together for the betterment of our community.”