Last week we were very worried that North Brooklyn's favorite quasi-athletic summer mating ritual, kickball, would be significantly diminished if the Parks Department proceeded with the reseeding of McCarren Park's Gilroy Field. But today the Brooklyn Paper reports that the Brooklyn Kickball League's season won't have to be shortened, and two high school baseball teams won't have to commute to distant fields to play ball.
Baseball teams from both Automotive High School and Van Arsdale High School would have had to travel to other parts of Brooklyn for their games had the Parks Department gone ahead with plans to reseed the alternately dusty and muddy field this month, resulting in closure through July 1. The kickball season would have been reduced by about half, running from July to October instead of April to October.
The Department's previous reseeding attempt failed, and though it won't close the field for the summer, it may have to do so come September. In the meantime officials are weighing their options and soliciting public feedback—other options on the table are to lay down sod or put in artificial turf. The former is a smaller investment, but requires more maintenance, while the latter is far more expensive to install, but less difficult to maintain. These and other options will be hashed out during a series of public meetings over the next few months regarding future uses of Gilroy Field. In the meantime, grab your knee-high socks, American flag headband and Turkey's Nest big-gulp, and kick some ball.