Westchester County Looks to Spend $25M to Restore Memorial Field

Real Estate In-Depth | February 2020

Memorial Field, Mount Vernon (FILE PHOTO)

MOUNT VERNON—Westchester County Executive George Latimer is hoping to move forward with a $25-million plan to make significant improvements to the once iconic Memorial Field here.

The County Executive briefed members of the Mount Vernon City Council earlier this month on plans for the project that have been forwarded to the Westchester County Board of Legislators for review.

The project would involve the addition of an NCAA regulation football field that would also be suitable for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey; an NYSPHSAA certified eight-lane track; seating accommodations for 3,900; a Skateboard Park; three tennis courts; modern locker rooms and public restrooms.

“The City of Mount Vernon is entering a new phase in its rich history and the county is proud to be a partner in it. These plans show a willingness on our end to work cooperatively with the city and we look forward to moving forward together,” Westchester County Executive Latimer said.

Mount Vernon Mayor Shawn Patterson-Howard added, “Mount Vernon is taking its place at the table again in Westchester County. We are committed to strengthening our partnerships and the plans to build Memorial Field are the beginning of a new day for Mount Vernon.”

She added, “Together with the City Council, Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, County Legislator Lyndon Williams and other officials we will get this done. I remain committed to working with County Executive Latimer, his team and the County Board of Legislators to move Mount Vernon forward.”

For the plan to be finalized, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation must still sign off on any contaminated soil remediation, the city must remove boulders and debris under the existing tennis structure and a new agreement must be approved by the Mount Vernon City Council and the County Board of Legislators. If all needed approvals are received by April 2020, the county can break ground in May and be ready for Mount Vernon Knights High School Football in the fall of 2021, county officials stated.

In November, 2008, the City of Mount Vernon and Westchester County settled on an inter-municipal agreement where the county would renovate Memorial Field for the people of Mount Vernon. After almost 12 years of regression from that point, city officials and the county are now eager to move forward with this long-delayed restoration project.