Park Renovations End Sandlot Ball

By Jason Alcorn on Nov 9th, 2010

The Yankees’ season may be over, but in the city’s parks, you can still hear the occasional crack of a bat. At J. Hood Wright Park, though, this may be the last inning for baseball.

On an unusually warm Sunday afternoon, a half dozen boys dragged garbage cans into a diamond. Around them, neighbors filled playgrounds, ball courts and game tables. Technically, baseball is already prohibited here, according to posted signs, but the park is in such poor condition that no one objects.

That may change next summer when the park closes for an $800,000 renovation that will include a new lawn, improved drainage, better lighting and dog run repairs. To protect the grass, baseball players will have to play on blacktop instead, sharing space with basketball.

Hear the ballplayers’ own ideas for the park makeover in this slide show from The Uptowner.

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