Last Tuesday, elected officials celebrated the allocation of more than $2 million for the enclosed athletics facility at the site of the temporary tennis tennis bubble at Bay Terrace Center.
Councilman Paul Vallone and Borough President Melinda Katz each allocated $500,000 for the project, while City Council Speaker Corey Johnson chipped in another $1.1 million.
“This project has been talked about for years, and by working hand-in-hand with our speaker and borough president, we have finally made the dream of a permanent sports complex and community center a reality for Bayside and all of northeast Queens,” Vallone said in a statement.
The complex will feature a 40,000-square-foot, climate-controlled indoor space with turf fields for soccer, football, lacrosse and baseball. It will have two to three basketball courts, a tennis court and a fitness and wellness space.
The indoor recreation space will also be used by the Samuel Field Y’s pre-kindergarten program during the winter months. The senior adult and special needs communities will use the facility as well.
“The creation of a year-round indoor sports and recreation facility in Bayside is transformational for the Samuel Field Y,” said Lawrence Gottlieb, the organization’s board chair. “We have dreamed about this for a long time.”