Claremont Park Baseball Field Renovation
Efforts toward the $440,000 field renovation at Claremont Park started back in the summer of 2014 when the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation provided the PitCCh In Foundation with a list of the ten worst kept baseball fields in the Bronx. Upon visiting all the fields, the PitCCh In Foundation decided to focus its attention on Claremont Park which needed the most work and served over 500 kids through the Rolando Paulino Little League. Work officially began on the field in March 2015. Renovation improvements on the field included the following: new fencing around the field, updated dugouts with perforated roof for shade, addition of spectator seating, a newly installed irrigation and sprinkler system providing better drainage for the field and access to water to help maintain the new sod during dry spells, a new water line for the sprinkler system, new field lights and a new pitchers’ mound.
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, following a recognition ceremony by the New York Yankees honoring CC and Amber Sabathia’s efforts with their PitCCh In Foundation, the Sabathia’s headed over to Claremont Park in the Bronx for the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony unveiling the newly renovated baseball field for the Rolando Paulino Little League. The Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation aims to enrich the lives of inner city youth through educational and athletic activities including baseball field renovations. The most recent and first comprehensive renovation in New York at Claremont Park included an irrigation and sprinkler system, new fencing, dugouts, lighting and a brand new pitchers’ mound. During the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, CC Sabathia dedicated the new field to the Rolando Paulino Little League and also presented a $5,000 donation to the league on behalf of the PitCCh In Foundation.
A special rendition of the National Anthem was performed by TIDAL Discovery Artists DMK. Roc Nation Sports added several special touches during Saturday’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony including Master of Ceremonies Ryan Ruocco (ESPN & YES Network Broadcaster). The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony featured special presentations by First Deputy Commissioner Kavanagh, Bronx Borough Commissioner Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, Chief Lawrence Scoones, Rolando Paulino Little League Board member Emily Rufino and Council Member Vanessa Gibson, who presented the Sabathia’s with a citation in recognition of the dedicated service of the PitCCh In Foundation. CC Sabathia took the pitchers’ mound to throw out the first pitch at Claremont Park officially opening up the spring season for the Rolando Paulino Little League.
The renovation of Claremont Park would not have been possible without multiple supporters and friends of the PitCCh In Foundation including the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, New York Yankees, NYPD 44th Precinct and Roc Nation. The PitCCh In Foundation would also like to thank the construction and engineering teams including Calvanico Associates Architectural & Engineering PC, Custom Fabrication, DeLea Sod Farms, Hall Enterprises, MSM Empire Construction Corporation, Prospect Electric Service, Residential Fence Corporation and Richmond Construction. And a final thank you to all in-kind supporters during Saturday’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Claremont Park including Aqua Hydrate, Deer River Snack, Empire CLS, Healthy Life Snacks, Sparkling Ice and American Whisky.
“It's always been our goal to provide the youth opportunities to be physically active and be their best through our efforts with the PitCCh In Foundation,” said CC and Amber Sabathia. “When we learned about the history behind Claremont Park it was an easy decision to focus our next baseball field renovation there. We are so proud and excited to unveil the field for the Rolando Paulino Little League's upcoming spring season. We owe a major thank you to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation who stood by our sides and supported us through every step of this process. We hope the Bronx community will enjoy the new park for years to come.”
“I am especially proud to see the transformation of Claremont Park and what it now represents for this community here in the Bronx,” said Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, Bronx Parks Commissioner. “Now that it’s baseball season, the children in this neighborhood will get a chance to work on their swing and their glove, right here on this new field. And for this occasion, we are especially thankful to the Sabathia family and the PitCCh In Foundation for their contributions to this wonderful opportunity.”