County Executive George Latimer announced earlier today that the official ground breaking for the revitalization of Memorial Field will take place Wednesday, August 5th at 11:00 a.m. at the field. It has been a long and arduous road to come to this point where the money and contractors are in place to complete this project and take it beyond a mere promise but a reality for residents of Mount Vernon.
As your County Legislator, I have worked continuously and steadfastly to ensure that this day would come. I want to thank County Executive Latimer for carrying through on his commitment. Upon the County Executive taking office in January 2018, I wrote him a letter requesting that the County take charge of managing the revitalization of Memorial Field and turn the completed state-of-the-art facility back to Mount Vernon. He agreed and has never wavered. My colleagues and I on the Board of Legislators worked collaboratively with the Latimer Administration on approving the bond funding, intermunicipal agreements, and legislative actions that were necessary to enable the bidding process and to move the project forward. This all occurred in partnership with Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard and the Mount Vernon City Council. Memorial Field revitalization became a reality because of the financial support of approximately $20 million from the County and $5 million from New York State through the hard work of our State Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow.
On July 15, 2020, the County of Westchester received four bids for the Memorial Field Complex Reconstruction. The County Department of Public Works and Transportation determined that the The LandTek Group, Inc., submitted the low bid $24.9 million. LandTek’s winning bid includes participation from MWBE sub-contractors. The stage is now set for Memorial Field to return to its glory days. The County Executive is correct that the restoration of Memorial Field is a symbolic achievement in the revitalization of Mount Vernon as well as a substantial financial and recreational investment in the city.
A FORMAL GROUND BREAKING IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5 AT 11 A.M.