NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Spring training has begun and baseball is in the air for fans of the sport. But more than a hundred Manhattan Little Leaguers could have to travel miles to play this spring.
Greenwich Village Little Leaguers play at JJ Walker Park in the West Village for their season’s games. But the field was closed for renovations last fall.
Little League president John Economou said the ballfield might not be ready until sometime in June, which he said would impact the 120 young players.
“What we’ve been communicating to the Parks Department is, ‘Look, we really have a lot of time since you started renovating the field, can you please deliver it in time for our spring season,'” Economou told WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola. “It’s such a big part of Greenwich Village Little League. To lose it even for one season impacts our sense of community.”
The GVLL has been offered space at Randall’s Island, but Economou said it’s hard for the kids to travel there.
Economou said the GVLL hosted a team from Florence, Italy last season.
“They couldn’t believe that they were playing baseball in Manhattan,” he told Kosola.
Battery Park City fields are also in limbo for the spring Little League season, according to DNAinfo.
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