MOUNT VERNON – Westchester County Executive George Latimer and City of Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard cut the ribbon on the long-awaited newly-improved Memorial Field in Mount Vernon.
Latimer said, “I want this project to be a symbol of real change within the City of Mount Vernon. A symbol that shows that what seems impossible is possible if government can put ego aside and work together. I graduated from High School on this field, and I look forward to working with Mayor Patterson-Howard as we watch the next generation of Mount Vernon’s leaders make their own memories on this field.”
The new Memorial Field Complex, with a total project cost of $40 million dollars, will be co-managed until the end of the year by the County and the City. Procedures for booking the field are still being developed. The City of Mount Vernon fully owns Memorial Field.
Patterson-Howard said, “Memorial Field has been the heart and soul of the City of Mount Vernon for a very long time. It is the crossroads of our community and one of the landmarks that connect us all because it helps to knit, tie, and bind us together through its history and now through its future. This partnership of trust with Westchester County symbolizes progress at its best and I am thankful for County Executive George Latimer and the entire executive team for your diligence and tenacity to see us to the completion of this project and for hosting todays ribbon cutting. I would also like to thank our County Board of Legislators, former elected officials, community partners, and everyone who has contributed to this process and for understanding just how much the new Memorial Field will mean to the economic development, public health, pride, moral and community cohesion of the City of Mount Vernon.”
Memorial Field has been a community destination in Mount Vernon for over 90 years, hosting some of the most memorable events in the City’s – and County’s – history. From countless graduations and sporting events to iconic Coca-Cola commercials with “Mean” Joe Greene to James Brown and Jackson 5 concerts, the new Stadium will return this gathering space to its rightful place of glory.
Board of Legislators Chairwoman Catherine Borgia said, “It is humbling to know that a park such as Memorial Field, with its history, is reopening for the first time in fifteen years. Rebuilding a space where youth activities and sports can be celebrated and cheered, will provide a return-on-investment that is not measured in dollars.”
New York State Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow said, “Today is a joyous occasion – and one that is a long time coming. I am proud of the collaboration of the County, City and State on making the dream of a new Memorial Field a reality. County Executive Latimer and Mayor Patterson Howard have shown just what can happen when working for the people is given the importance it deserves. I look forward to taking part in future games, concerts and momentous celebrations in this new community home for our City.”
Westchester County Legislator Tyrae Woodson-Samuels said, “Reopening Memorial Field, the crown jewel of our city, has been a dream that is finally coming to fruition. Efforts to rehabilitate this field have been going on for nearly as long as I have been alive. I thank County Executive Latimer, Deputy County Executive Jenkins, my colleagues on the Board of Legislators and all the staff involved that helped to make this happen. Because of this collaborative effort, generations of student-athletes will be able to play out their glory days at this wonderful facility.”
Mount Vernon City Council President Dereck Thomspon said, “The body of the council is very excited about memorial field’s reopening – it’s long overdue, and we cannot wait for our residents to enjoy it once again. Our diamond has finally been refined.”
The new Stadium is equipped with 3,900 seats, lighted field equipped for Football, Soccer, Lacrosse and Field Hockey, an 8-lane track, a sound system capable of handling major concerts or events, 3 tennis courts and a skate park. The project utilized MWBE contracts and created nearly 400 labor jobs.