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Macombs Dam Park
Macombs Dam park that was built by the New York City Parks Department on the site of Old Yankee Stadium.
The size of the entire park is 17 acres. 7 acres is the upper track and field area. The lower area of ball fields is 10 acres.
The park is located between 157 Street, West 161 Street, and East 164 Street in the South Bronx, New York.
NYC first acquired the land for the original park in 2 parcels in 1897 and then in 1924. The park opened in 1899.
The original designer of the old park was architect and lead designer Clarke Caton-Hintz. Thomas Balsley Associates was the conceptual designer and Wendy Evans Joseph was the consultant architect. The engineering consultant for the old park was Stantec. The old park was constructed by Hunter Roberts Construction and Prismatic Development Corp. The program manager for the original park was AECOM(formerly DMJM Harris), and Tishman Construction.
The new 7 acre track and field area honor legendary Bronx coach Joseph James Yancey Jr. Born in 1910, Yancey co-founded the New York Pioneers Track and Field Club in 1936. He grew up in Harlem and was a star athlete at Saratoga High School and later Virginia State College and NYU. He was the head coach of the Jamaican Olympic Track and Field Team in 1948, 1952, and 1956. He has been inducted into the Black Athletes Hall of Fame, the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, and the Harlem Professionals Inc. Hall of Fame. He passed away on February 22, 1991 in Teaneck, New Jersey and is buried in Hawthorne, New York.
The new track and field and surrounding park was built at a cost of $35 million as part of a total $195 million investment to build new parks and recreational facilities through the Yankee Stadium Redevelopment Program.
The new track and field features a 400 meter track with an all-weather Mondo surface. The park also features a field for soccer and football, basketball courts, handball courts, public toilets, adult fitness equipment, youth play equipment, as well as landscaped viewing mounds and a 600-seat grandstand for spectators.
The company in charge of designing the new park was "Doyle Partners".
The park consists of 3 ball fields. One is a championship field, one a little league field, and one a softball field. Along with the fields in the 10 acre area are a discus area, a shot put area, and a javelin area.
There is blue synthetic grass which outlines the original Yankee Stadium field, circa 1976.(Credit: Mike Hagan)
The viewfinders were designed by Steve Cozzolino.
There are 49 pavers, three benches, and one historic wall to honor the Old Yankee Stadium.
It was Dr. Harvey Frommer who was hired to draft the most historic events to be inscribed onto the pavers. Each paver is filled with epoxy.
The quote on the outfield fence, "SOMETIMES YOU WIN, SOMETIMES YOU LOSE, SOMETIMES IT RAINS.", is from the movie "Bull Durham". The idea to use the quote was that of Emil Martone, a client from EDC.
Macombs Dam Park, East 157th Street
to East 161st Street
between River Avenue and Ruppert Plaza, Bronx
A Project of the Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Parks & Recreation, Doyle Partners, and Cozzolino Studio.
Located in and around the footprint of the original Yankee Stadium, the commemorative program successfully conjures up the history and legacy of the former stadium within this new community park. Mixing blue synthetic fibers with natural grass, the original baseball diamond emerges as an “Indelible Field,” allowing visitors to run the bases. Momentous events in history are inscribed on benches and pavers and brought to life through contemporary viewfinders that offer snapshots in stereoscopic 3D. Large-scale graphics on the outfield fence remind visitors that baseball is a simple game: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”
Stephen Doyle, Creative Director; Thomas Kluepfel, Creative Director; Rosemarie Turk, Art Director; Drew Heffron, Senior Designer
Steve Cozzolino, Principal
Gary Sorge FASLA AICP, Senior Principal; Brian O’Donnell PE, Principal; Thomas Hammerberg LA, Project Designer; Steven Yuen PE, Structural Engineer; Andrew Lessard PE, Structural Engineer; Jessie Jaime, Engineering Technician
Thomas Balsley Associates Landscape Architecture
Dale Schafer, LA, Senior Associate; John Donnelly, Landscape Architect
van Geldern Machine Company
Steve van Geldern, President
Economic Development Corporation
Seth Pinsky, President; Mel Glickman, Executive Vice President, Capital Program; David Kane PE AICP, Executive Vice President, Capital Program; Dmitri Konon, Senior Vice President, Capital Program; Emil Martone, Vice President, Capital Program; Gale Rothstein, Vice President, Design Review & Design Commission Liaison
Department of Parks & Recreation
Adrian Benepe, Commissioner; Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner; Thérèse Braddick, Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects; Hector Aponte, Bronx Borough Commissioner; Charles McKinney, former Chief of Design; David Carlson RLA, former Deputy Chief of Design; Frank T. McCue III RLA, Stadium Program Manager; Michele Lignore-Diaz, Bronx Parks Project Manager; Amie Uhrynowski, Design Commission Liaison