Parks and Recreation awarded $1 million in state grant

New Multi Sport Field and Track at Depew and New Pitch Court on Washington Street


By Regina Clarkin

The state dollars keep flowing into Peekskill. This week the city learned it received a million dollar grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) for an overhaul and upgrade of Depew Park and a new mini-pitch on the grounds of the former Washington Engine Fire Company at 701 Washington Street.  This grant money, earmarked for Peekskill’s Parks and Recreation Department, follows last month’s awarding of projects funded by the $10 million grant for downtown revitalization. 

The million dollar grant, issued by New York State’s public benefit corporation, will be used for the following:

This clay track which floods after rain will be replaced with an all-weather surface. Photo by Regina Clarkin


Resurface and Irrigate Multi Sport Field and Track: The field and track located near the Parks and Recreation office is no longer being utilized and is in deplorable condition. The total cost of this project is estimated to be $430,000 which will resurface the track to an all-weather track for leisure activities, removal of baseball and soccer fields, resurface field with sod for multi-sport use, install a new irrigation system for field upkeep, and add a bounce back wall at the north end to allow a place to practice skills.

Clay courts, now overgrown, will be become a pickleball court and a combination pickleball and tennis court. Photo by Regina Clarkin

Conversion of Clay Tennis Courts: The two clay tennis courts have not been used or maintained in several years. One clay court will be converted into four all-weather pickleball courts and the second clay court will be converted into a combination pickleball and tennis court. Total cost of the project is $260,000 which will include proper drainage of the courts and fencing, color coating the courts, and restoration of the grounds around the courts when completed.

Basketball Court Rehab: The basketball courts located south of the tennis courts would be repaired and resurfaced under the grant. The total estimated cost is $85,000 which includes a complete resurfacing, fencing, and color coating for both basketball and soccer ground mini pitch.

This basketball court would be resurfaced and used for soccer ground mini pitch as well as hoops. Photo by Regina Clarkin

Mini Pitch Court at Washington Engine Fire House: The Washington Engine house is no longer being utilized and has a small field that would allow a 65×42 mini-pitch court for soccer players to practice skills and play small games. The total estimated cost for this project is $145,000 which will include removal of the grass and installation of an all-weather mini-pitch court.

Paved Walkway Between Tennis Courts: There is limited handicap access to the courts and a grass walkway that can be damp after rain and is uneven in areas. Total cost of the project is estimated to be $36,000 which will include a paved walkway to the courts from Hudson Avenue to allow access for all individuals, particularly those who are handicapped.

Uneven terrain between courts will be evened out and paved with money from state grant. Photo by Regina Clarkin

 Assemblywoman Sandy Galef was instrumental in her support of the grant application said Catherine Montaldo, Superintendent of Peekskill Parks and Recreation.  “Thanks to Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s support, the advocacy of Councilman Fernandez, and the hard work of our city staff, residents will see an amazing $1 million rehabilitation for Depew Park, which will include a dramatic expansion of options for soccer, football, and pickleball players,” said City of Peekskill Mayor Andre Rainey.