Assemblyman Sheldon Silver announced today that Seward Park High School Field will reopen to the public, creating vital open space for children in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Silver had advocated strongly for the field, which the Department of Education (DOE) recently shut down during non-school hours, to be reopened to the community.
"I am delighted that my neighbors on the Lower East Side and in Chinatown will now be able to enjoy this wonderful park," Silver said. "Recreational space is so precious to our neighborhood, particularly in the summer, and that is why I fought so hard for the public to once again have access to this field. I want to thank Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott for agreeing to reopen the field. I encourage children in our community to come out and enjoy it!"
The field, which had been open to the public during non-schools hours before it was recently shut down, will now be open from the morning until dusk, seven days a week, beginning Monday, July 30.
Ten years ago, Silver won the park a "Take the Field" grant, which funded extensive renovations. Seward Park High School Field has four handball courts, three tennis courts, six basketball hoops and a running track. It is located on Essex Street, just south of Grand Street.