Parks Department Replaces Turf at ‘Lion’s Gate’ Soccer Field on Grand Street

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 at 5:06 am by

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The well-worn soccer fields of the Lower East Side are finally getting some attention this season. At least the two located in Sara D. Roosevelt Park.

For weeks, long tubes of rubber have been stacked outside the Parks Department facility on Broome Street. And occasionally in the back end of the sunken court (aka “The Pit”). With good reason. The Grand Street pitch – officially known as the Lion’s Gate Field (but nicknamed “Forsyth Road” by local soccer clubs) – is next.

In line with the springtime revamp of the Nike field to the north (paid for by Nike), the Lion’s Gate itself is marked for same. Installation of the new turf surfacing began a couple weeks ago, and should wrap by the end of the week. The scene is now dominated by a patchwork of turf squares and painted field marking inserts.

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Funding for the resurfacing job is reportedly coming out of the Parks Department budget. So says the city.

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