From the Times Ledger:
Mark K. Morrison Associates will present an “active recreation plan” to convert at least one dry basin into artificial−turf ballfields; a “passive recreation” plan to preserve the vegetation that has grown there; and a combination of the two during a public meeting May 2 at 11 a.m. at Ridgewood’s IS 77, at 976 Seneca Ave.
But as these designs are fleshed out, community leaders are pressing the city to apply parts of the $50 million reservoir budget on improvements to the rest of Highland Park, which is split between Queens and Brooklyn, and encompasses more than 140 acres, including the Ridgewood Reservoir.
The park contains six ballfields in various states of disrepair, and Friends of Greater Highland Park⁄Ridgewood Reservoir member Thomas Dowd said many youth baseball coaches and other Brooklyn residents using Highland Park have been attending the city Parks Department’s listening sessions and calling for the conversion of the reservoir basins due to the poor condition of their own facilities.
Steve Fiedler, chairman of CB 5’s Parks Committee, introduced a board resolution asking that between $10 million and $15 million of the Ridgewood Reservoir budget be dedicated to the ballfields in Highland Park. It passed unanimously at last week’s meeting.