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Letter: Time To Clean Up Scout Field In Bronxville

Scout Field could use some refurbishing, according to some residents.
Scout Field could use some refurbishing, according to some residents. Photo Credit:

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – The Eastchester Daily Voice accepts signed, original letters to the editor. Letters may be e-mailed to zfailla@dailyvoice.com.

To the editor:

I was curious as to who is responsible for the maintenance, specifically the paving of the asphalt driveway that extends from Midland Avenue to Scout Field in the triangular area of Bronxville, Mount Vernon, Yonkers and under the jurisdiction of the county of Westchester. I visit that field usually twice a day and navigating the treacherous potholes is quite a daunting task. In years past, come April and May, the long driveway was always restored to drivable conditions, without fear of needing a wheel alignment.

I can only imagine the maintenance is conducted by the Westchester County Department of Parks, or the village of Bronxville. Also, I have been in contact with The Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation informing them of the deplorable conditions at the baseball field area of Scout.

Just behind the backstop, where a mutilated steel trash can once resided, piles and piles of water bottles, Gatorade, beer cans, and debris mounted up to the point where I viewed this as a health hazard. Upon close inspection of some of the Hefty bags that the coaches had provided, I noticed tears and rips, evidence that a nocturnal critter had hit the jackpot and further scattered the garbage!

A few days before the Fourth  of July, I contacted Mary Kay, from the Department of Parks and registered a complaint about the horrendous trash strewn about the backstop, dugouts, spectator benches, and the Bronx River Bike Trail. It took close to a week and a half for them to dispatch a sanitation crew to remove the refuse.

Last week, I called and thanked her for her efforts for one of my requests, with the other being that the county supply the park and the baseball field with at least three strategically placed receptacles for trash. To me, this is a no brainer. But all that seems to be happening is the bureaucratic buck is being passed from one government entity to the next. No one seems to know who is responsible, hence the trash just piles up, and this is not the first summer this has occurred, I have a fond preference for the game of baseball and in the past three weeks, I have found myself gravitating, with my dog, over to the field to watch some 18 and unders engage in our national pastime.

My point being, I have observed several people urinating right next to the Bronx River Trail. I can only imagine that some youngsters are directed into the woods to defecate. I can't say I blame them. The county, or whomever is responsible, should supply facilities for players, spectators, umpires and young children who are camped out for two plus hours.

I assume they acquired a permit to use the field, so where did the town or county officials who issued these permits think these fairly large groups of people were going to relieve themselves? There aren’t any sanitary facilities at all in the whole Scout Field Park. The Bronxville School supplies a Port-a-Potty during the school year for the athletes and fans, but come the beginning of June it is removed until September.

In years past, in my observation, I can't remember the field being utilized at the level and volume of people that is occurring this summer. Believe me, I am not disparaging the "baseball people" at all -- they have made diligent efforts to throw the trash away where a receptacle once existed. About four or five years ago, I contacted John Condon, who is the director of concessions, and oversees among other duties, I believe, the removal of trash from county parks. Even back then, his tone resonated a certain reluctance and ambiguity as to who is held accountable for the trash removal.

I know I am only a lone voice, but I feel quite passionate about the cleanliness of Scout Field Park, a place I have frequented for the past 20 years.

Bob Devlin,

Bronxville

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