We admit, we don't usually give the opening of a new soccer field a full post on Mommy Poppins (much as we love outdoor sports). But the debut of the long-delayed Owl Hollow Fields on Staten Island is big news in the borough since it's part of the massive Freshkills Park overall.
Once the 2,200-acre Freshkills Park is finished, it will be almost three times as big as Central Park! Progress is slow but it is happening. Last year, my family and I visited Schmul Park in Freshkills. And last week, we went to check out Owl Hollow Fields, which debuted in April just in time for spring soccer season.
Owl Hollow Fields was 14 years in the making (and you think you procrastinate). There were numerous delays due to health hazards. Those of us with kids who play soccer are glad the wait is over. Before the opening of Owl Hollow Fields, soccer leagues were sort of in limbo wondering where they could play this season since Hurricane Sandy left several fields damaged.
Owl Hollow Fields is conveniently located right off the 440 Expressway at Arthur Kill Road. The 28-acre state-of-the-art facility includes four AstroTurf fields with stadium lighting. Two fields are regulation size and the other two are smaller for younger players. (The new parking lot and green comfort station complete with green roof, geothermal heating and cooling, and a wind turbine are still under construction.)
Owl Hollow Fields has great bleacher seating as well as a few benches scattered throughout, so the days of bringing our own chairs are over! (Although you can of course sprawl out on a blanket and picnic if you're so inclined.) It's an exciting milestone in the development of Freshkills Park. I look forward to Sunday when my son plays soccer here!
Read about other NYC green spaces in our Parks and Playgrounds Guide.