City Pitches New Soccer Field at P.S. 184 on Cherry Street

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 at 5:15 am by

Lace up. Looks like another soccer field might soon come to the Lower East Side.

The New York City Soccer Initiative – a public-private partnership between the city, US Soccer Foundation, New York City Football Club, and Adidas – is pitching a new pitch. Location of choice is an area still ripe for the picking. Down on Cherry Street at the Shuang Wen School (P.S. 184), in Two Bridges territory.

The proposal for support will go before Community Board 3 on Thursday evening for consideration.

Mayor de Blasio first announced the NYC Soccer Initiative last summer with the ambitious goal of building, maintaining, and programming fifty smaller-scale soccer fields in “underserved neighborhoods across the five boroughs over the next five years – including ten fields within the next year.” Partners have already pledged to invest a total of $3 million to construct the infrastructure and provide free programming for inner city school children that focuses on “healthy, active living, and mentorship.”

More from the website:

The program will serve 10,000 young New Yorkers through after-school soccer and mentoring programs, such as soccer clinics, festivals, youth summits, and night leagues to promote safe, active, and connected communities; this will also include a partnership with the City’s Young Men’s Initiative, providing young men of color with mentorship opportunities.

Through constructing these new fields and supporting afterschool programming and mentoring, the NYC Soccer Initiative will repurpose underutilized public spaces in our most underserved neighborhoods, creating safe areas to promote physical health, youth development and community engagement. Site selection for the fields will be targeted towards neighborhoods that are focuses of the Mayor’s Building Healthy Communities Initiative, the Parks Department’s Community Parks Initiative, the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety or the Young Men’s Initiative.

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