PS 142 on Attorney Street Awarded New Mini Soccer Pitch

Posted on: March 21st, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Already with a rehabilitated playground, students at PS 142 are set to receive another school yard amenity. A soccer pitch.

The new field is part of the nascent NYC Soccer Initiative, public-private program between the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, New York City Football Club (NYCFC), U.S. Soccer Foundation (U.S. Soccer), and Adidas Inc. It’s one of fifty mini-soccer pitches the conglomerate will construct and maintain across the city over the course of five years.

Like other NYSCI sites, PS 142 (aka Amalia Castro School & Manhattan Charter School) will offer after-school programming for students. The small field will also be available for use by the public, outside of school hours. To that end, though, Community Board 3 last month supported the initiative, but urged that the field be rented only to the local community-based organizations (outside school hours) and closed by 9pm.

Meanwhile, there’s been plenty of activity in this school yard the last couple years. The space first went under the knife in August 2017. City records show that the buried foundation of a tenement destroyed long ago is to blame for prior sinkhole issues. The School Construction Authority, which manages the design, construction, and renovation of school facilities, had identified the problem and worked with the Department of Buildings on plans.

As part of the remedy, the city installed new courts and a brand new playground for the kids.

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