For nearly a decade, a lack of funding has prevented the final phase of the College Point Sports Complex from being completed. After years of stagnation under previous Council Members and Mayoral Administrations, Council Member Paul Vallone has secured the $5.5 million in funding needed to complete the final phase. $500,000 is being allocated by Council Member Vallone with an additional $3 million from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and $2 million from the Mayor’s Administration. The complex is located on 22 acres between 130th and Ulmer Streets, between 23rd and 26th Avenues in College Point.
For many years, the site had been leased to the College Point Sports Association which hired Enviro-Fill to repair the fields. Unfortunately, the company dumped metal, glass, sheetrock, wire, and other dangerous materials making it unsafe to the community and leading the Parks Department to reclaim control of it. The City then remediated the soil and began funding new phases of the complex but years later the project had still not been completed or funded. Now that the funding has been secured, the Parks Department will work with Council Member Vallone and the community to determine the types of fields and amenities that will be constructed to finalize the complex.
“College Point has waited for this project for far too long and I’m proud to have finally secured the funding to get the ball rolling,” said Council Member Vallone. “The incredible new fields that will soon be available to the community are a shining example of what can be accomplished for our district by working hand in hand with our Speaker and Mayor. I look forward to continuing to work with the Parks Department to ensure the vision for this sports complex is realized as soon as possible.”
“I thank Council Member Vallone for securing these funds and am glad that we can now move forward with the plan for the College Point Sports Complex,” said Joe Femenia, President of the College Point Civic Taxpayers Association.