State to Fund Felton Field, Pinewoods Park Projects

April 10, 2007

Planned improvements at two municipal recreation areas in the City of North Tonawanda can now proceed with a total of $49,500 earmarked in the newly enacted 2007-08 state budget, Assemblyman Robin Schimminger announced today.

Assemblyman Schimminger has notified Mayor Larry Soos and 2nd Ward Alderman Kevin H. Brick, Jr. that he was able to direct $33,000 in state legislative funding for a number of enhancements at Felton Field and $16,500 for work at Pinewoods Park. “I’m certainly pleased that I was able to secure these state budget appropriations for North Tonawanda. I want to thank Mayor Soos for bringing these projects to my attention and Alderman Brick for his support, as well,” said Schimminger.

Felton Field, a recreation facility used by women’s softball leagues and for winter ice skating, will undergo a series of upgrades with the $33,000 grant Schimminger provided. The improvements include erecting new dugouts and safety fencing at the ball field, removing the outfield fence so the field can again also be used by men’s leagues, repairing the ramp and adding steps at the Lincoln/Thompson entrance, installing two new ice rinks – one for recreational skating and the other for hockey, and erecting new bleachers to provide seating for softball games and the ice rinks. Also, a picnic shelter will be constructed and named in memory of the late Felicia Roggow, who played a key role in promoting North Tonawanda softball and charity tournaments for many years.

The $16,500 for Pinewoods Park will go toward the renovation of deteriorated restroom facilities in the heavily used city park, which will involve interior plumbing and drainage, a new roof, and handicapped-accessible ramps and doors. A $5,000 grant Schimminger secured two years ago for a since postponed project at Gratwick/Riverside Park will also be utilized for the restroom work.

Mayor Larry Soos said, “I want to thank Assemblyman Schimminger for directing these grants to North Tonawanda. Naming the new shelter in honor of Felicia is a tribute to her and all of her hard work, and to the work of hundreds of others who’ve supported the ‘Glory be to Kids’ Softball Tournament.”

“I’m certainly pleased to see this state funding going to improve these two city recreation facilities in the 2nd Ward,” said Alderman Kevin Brick. “Felton Field has long been a prominent site in North Tonawanda softball, and Pinewoods Park is one of our most beautiful and highly used parks.”

“Bringing home state funds for important projects in our community has always been a priority of mine,” said Schimminger. “Generations of North Tonawandans have enjoyed playing ball or just watching a game at Felton Field and spending time with friends or family at Pinewoods Park. Youngsters and the ‘young at heart’ alike will benefit from these enhanced and safer facilities for many years to come.”