Heavy machinery has been rumbling away in the southern section of FDR Park, next to the skate park under I-95, to make way for a new baseball field that’s partially funded by the Phillies.
The field is part of a $4 million effort here with Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy, a year-round physical training and educational program for teens “who are serious about going to college and making a life in sports,” said the Daily News.
The project also calls for a renovation and expansion of the Marian Anderson Rec Center at 17th and Fitzwater. Said the paper:
“There’s already classroom space in there that we will utilize for tutoring and SAT prep courses,” said Rob Holiday, the Phillies’ director of amateur scouting administration. “There’s a fitness area that we can spruce up a little, and we plan to have indoor batting cages for baseball and softball for the cold weather.”
In addition to the new field at FDR Park, there will also be a concession stand.
With any luck, another city effort will help make it easier to get to the park – Broad Street bike and pedestrian improvements.