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History is in the making as Mayor Young oversees the Phase I of the Memorial Field Reconstruction Project

Demolition gets underway at Memorial Field

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr., Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon D. Williams and Recreation Commissioner Peter J. Neglia, as well as hundreds of elected officials and community members broke ground at the new Stadium at Memorial Field on Wednesday, August 31st. The $12.7 million renovation of Memorial Field has pushed forward despite attempts to derail its progress. Mayor Young and Vice Chairman Williams were joined by U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, Council members Steven Horton and Yuhanna Edwards.

 “I thank Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams for delivering the funding for this important project. Memorial Field is a jewel for the city and the County of Westchester. It’s a real exciting day for the City of Mount Vernon,” said Mayor Young.

Last week, Mayor Young announced that Mount Vernon based Avanti Building and Construction Corporation has been awarded the contract to perform Phase I of the Memorial Field project, which includes demolition of the old stadium and construction site prep work. The demolition is expected to be completed in three months. 

Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Councilman Steven Horton at Ground Breaking

Memorial Field has been a municipal park since the early 1930’s, but was signifi­cantly deteriorating and had structural and environmental concerns. The Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr. and Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams envisioned converting the site into the premier sports and entertainment venue in Westchester County. The Stadium at Memorial Field facility will provide active and pas­sive recreation for all ages and will serve as a critical economic engine for the downtown Mount Vernon Area.

“After a long and arduous process, we are finally making history in Mount Vernon. The new Stadium at Memorial Field will be a regional stadium that generates jobs and revenue for the city. The field is used every day by our youth and our seniors. Residents have been patient and actively involved in this process. I’m proud that our dream of a new stadium is now a reality,” stated Mayor Young. 

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams said, “We made a promise to the residents that we are going to restore this historic symbol. I am happy to say that the residents of Mount Vernon will finally witness tangible evidence of the hard work and efforts we have made to deliver on the promise of the rebirth of Memorial Field into a state-of-the art entertainment facility like no other in Westchester County. Despite the obstacles and roadblocks placed in the path of its progress, the hopes and dreams of Mount Vernon residents for this historic symbol will be realized. I thank Mayor Clinton Young for his effective leadership in overcoming the obstacles to get this project done.”

Westchester County Board of Legislators Vice Chairman Lyndon D. Williams

Vice-Chairman Williams highlighted that elected officials in many Westchester municipalities recognize the benefits of the County’s Legacy program beautifying and improving their communities, while creating employment opportunities for their residents. “Neighboring municipalities have taken full advantage of the County’s Legacy Program, with the County Board approving similar projects in New Rochelle and Pelham, with much benefit and delight from thousands of County residents. Mount Vernon is in good company,” said Vice-Chairman Williams.

The new Stadium at Memorial Field will include an illuminated synthetic turf football/soccer field; grandstands; all-weather eight-lane track; new buildings to include a ticket booth, concession stand, bathrooms, press box with restroom and elevator, service building and locker rooms; an upgraded score board and other associated equipment.

Commissioner Peter Neglia praises the new stadium amenities

Recreation Commissioner Peter Neglia stated, “We at the Recreation Department have worked tirelessly to deliver this project for the City of Mount Vernon and its residents of all ages. Additionally, we are excited to have this realistic timeline to drive home Part I of this historic project for the residents of the city of Mount Vernon and Part II. At the end of the day, people in Mount Vernon will have a stadium they can be proud of and generates revenue and economic development for the city.”

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