Will Nyack pave a baseball field and put up a parking lot?Posted: Updated:
A vote taking place tonight will decide the fate of a baseball field in Rockland County.
The Nyack Board of Education will determine if the field on North Midland Avenue will become a parking lot for about the next two years.
The field is owned by the Nyack School District, and it's located right across the street from Montefiore Nyack Hospital.
Officials at the hospital want to lease the field and turn it into a parking lot temporarily for about 18 to 24 months.
The hospital is undergoing a $22 million expansion that includes a parking deck on its property since lack of parking for the hospital has been issue.
Hospital officials say when the two-year lease is up, they will turn the parking lot back into a grassy ballfield and they would not be touching the larger field and track in the park.
But some people living in the area are against the proposal and have been fighting it for quite some time.
Critics say they are concerned the parking lot will never be changed back and they don't want to lose the green space. “My kids and a lot of my children's classmates use the field all the time...We don't think it’s going to be temporary, we are very concerned that this is going to be something that they are going to over and once they are there, it’s going to become a permanent part of the hospital," says Charlotte Jack, of Nyack. "It’s very busy in the summer. It’s very important for the local children to meet and play. We don't have very much green space in this part of Nyack and we need it," says Jade York, of Nyack.