Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, Councilman Steve Labriola, Councilwoman Vicki Walsh and Town Clerk Richard LaMarca joined with the Oyster Bay Baseball and Softball Little League in celebrating recently completed upgrades to the baseball field at Marino Park in Oyster Bay. The infield now features synthetic turf which improves the playing experience and safety for the little leaguers.
“Marino Park serves as home to so many young athletes, and that’s why the Town Board and I are made these field upgrades a top priority,” said Supervisor Saladino. “To enhance the playing experience for our little leaguers and athletes, we replaced the natural grass infield with synthetic turf. These improvements were made in a cost-conscious manner while ensuring the fields are ready for the spring season.”
Replacing the infields with artificial turf will provide for extended play opportunities for athletes using Marino Park. Additionally, turf fields are less expensive than the long-term cost of maintaining a natural grass and dirt surface. Turf fields also provide the potential for fewer cancellations as the field is able to absorb rain storms in a manner that is not possible on a dirt infield.
“So many young athletes utilize Marino Park and this facility has gotten great use by the community,” said Town Clerk LaMarca. “With such significant use, it can become more challenging to keep fields in top condition and difficult to manage schedules when weather makes the infield unplayable. These improvements will beautify this park while improving safety for the players.”
Oyster Bay Little League Coach Jim Werner added, “The Blue Collar Bulldogs are excited about the upgrades and improvements to Marino Field. The Bulldogs thank the Town of Oyster Bay for their vision and interest to provide the area youth with access to a high-quality field.”
For more information about Town parks, visit www.oysterbaytown.com/parks