New Fields at Lorenzen Park Are OpenUpdated Monday April 9, 2018 by LMLL.
Lorenzen Park is no longer a community's fields of dreams complex. The two new ballfields are now a reality, and are open and ready for business. The official opening was Saturday, June 24th.
"It's so nice to see a Village asset, a community asset, finally turn into a real working facility for our youngsters," said former Village of Larchmont mayor Anne McAndrews, one of several dignitaries -- including Fields For Kids president Jim Hanley, Larchmont Mamaroneck Little League president Bill Nachtigal, current Larchmont mayor Lorraine Walsh, state senator George Latimer and assemblyman Steve Otis (former LMLL presidents David Fishman and Eric Marks and LMLL board member Kevin worth were unable to attend) -- on hand for the official ribbon cutting.
The opening ceremony was 10 years in the making. For a decade, Fields For Kids worked with local officials to obtain the necessary permissions to move forward with the construction of two new fields to supplement the existing baseball field at Lorenzen. FFK worked with the LMLL (through three league presidents' terms) to fundraise for the project. Hanley noted at the ribbon cutting that roughly 900 families contributed to the project, which cost $1.7 million.
"I'm always amazed at the generosity of this community," Hanley said. "They really made it happen."
Construction began during the summer of 2016. After two seeding cycles were completed, the new fields opened in time for the 2017 summer seasons for LMLL travel baseball and softball teams.
Lorenzen Park is now a three-field complex:
* Field 1: Joseph Carpanzano Field (the original baseball field)
* Field 2: Wahrhaftig Field (a new baseball field)
* Field 3: Samuel Raber Memorial Field (a new field to be used for softball and younger baseball divisions)