May 11, By Jason Cohen
The city is installing a soccer field at a Corona elementary school after entering a partnership last year with the New York City Football Club, U.S. Soccer Foundation and Adidas.
The new field, which will be placed at P.S. 19 at 98-02 Roosevelt Avenue, is part of the New York City Soccer Initiative, a program where the city has agreed to work with its three partners to install 50 new soccer fields in underserved neighborhoods over the next five years.
All four partners invested a total of $3 million to build and maintain the fields and provide free programming for New York City school children focused on healthy, active living and mentorship.
“As part of the New York City Soccer Initiative we’re excited to bring this new field to the students of P.S. 19 and the surrounding community, pending approval from the Public Design Commission,” City Hall Spokeswoman Jessica Ramos said.
The field is expected to be completed later this year.
Other fields will be installed at J.H.S. 166 George Gershwin and Cypress Hills Houses in Brooklyn, Irwin Altman Middle School 172 and South Jamaica Houses in Queens, Harlem Lane Playground and P.S. 083 Luis Munoz Rivera in Manhattan, and Eagle Academy for Young Men in Staten Island. Officials are still finalizing locations for the remaining 42 fields
The new fields will be built for year-round use and will provide locals with after-school soccer and mentoring programs like soccer clinics, youth summits and festivals.