MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Amid mounting pressure from state politicians and residents alike, progress finally may be being made at Memorial Field in Mount Vernon as a contractor is sought to finally erect the long-awaited tennis bubble .
On Tuesday, the Mount Vernon Board of Estimate and Contract will meet for a special meeting as it announces the opening of the public bidding process for steel framing work on the tennis facility at the field .
Memorial Field, the subject of much consternation and frustration in the city, has been in a blighted state for years, as politicians haggle about how to best renovate the once vibrant hub of recreation .
Mayor Ernest Davis previously stated tennis would be played as soon as last summer, but construction on the bubble isn’t set to start until closer toward the end of this summer.
Recently, there has been a push in Mount Vernon for any resolution regarding Memorial Field. Earlier this month, members of Black Westchester and People Before Politics Radio hosted a public rally at the field, with an open invitation to all local politicians as they seek renovations.
Days after that rally, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow pledged more than $1 million to offset construction costs, including a $250,000 stipend to make much-needed repairs in the municipal parking lot, which has been in disarray for a decade.
In its prime, Memorial Field , which was built in the late 1920s, was one of the most prominent and highly populated parks in Westchester County. Officials have been proposing and reviewing ideas to renovate the field, but they’ve been stuck in a holding pattern for more than two years.
“Much has been said about the reconstruction of Memorial Field, be it god, bad or in different, the stories persist. Nonetheless we move forward,” Davis said when accepting the money from Pretlow. "Some politicians made it their platform to create and spread untruths and rumor mills instead of banding together and assist in the positive venture of completing this project; a project that will benefit not only the Mount Vernon populace, but its surrounding communities as well.”
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