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Posted on: February 1, 2019

Field Usage Updates For Soccer Enthusiasts While Octagon Field Is Offline

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ROOSEVELT ISLAND – (February 1, 2019) The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation announced several new field usage policies today to provide more options for outdoor play while the Octagon Field is under renovation.

RIOC policy changes:

  • All permitting on Firefighter’s Field, excluding RIOC programming, will be suspended on Fridays and Saturdays, allowing open play until the Octagon Field renovation is complete;
  • Island residents will be surveyed to seek new community usage policies for the renovated Octagon Field.
  • Capobianco Field will be opened to permitted requests to alleviate overuse of Firefighters Field.

“We understand that the closing of Octagon is a serious inconvenience to young soccer players, their teams, and parents,” said Susan Rosenthal, CEO and president of RIOC. “We’re announcing these updated policies today to let the community know we’re listening, we’ve heard you, and we’re working to accommodate your requests.”

Octagon Field was closed last summer due to safety and liability concerns about the deteriorating field conditions. A full-scale renovation is underway, which will include new turf, bleachers, and a new comfort station.

While the pre-construction phases for the Octagon renovation project began in June 2018, due to unforeseen delays, the field work is now expected to be complete in Fall 2019. Once field work is complete, the Octagon will be re-opened for public use while the adjacent work on the bleachers and comfort station are completed.

CONTACT: Jessica Murray, Supervisor, Community Affairs, jessica.murray@rioc.ny.gov, 212.832.4540

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