We are constantly going through your comments and suggestions, and we were very excited when we received our first official site suggestion from Sabrina:
She asked: “It would be great if you could have a quick link or a box somewhere on your site that would let us know if the BPC Ballfields are open.Â thanks!”
A special thanks goes out to James Miner, the Ball Field Coordinator for the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, who worked hard to get us some basic information on how to get the best out of the ball fields.Â We’re also working with James to get a complete schedule for the summer season, which will be posted shortly.
Here is what James had to share:
Adult Use of BPC Ball Fields
The months of July and August are the best times for adults to take advantage of the ball fields in Battery Park City.
Each year (between Jan. 1st and March 1st) I collect about 40+ permits that I then schedule on weeknights — Tuesday – Friday from either 4-6pm or 6-8pm. Â For those interested in potentially permitting out the BPC Ball Fields they can get more information here: http://bpcparks.org/bpcp/news/rules.php#permits.
For anyone looking to enjoy just a game of catch or Â to kick a soccer ball around, they can use the fields as well, but should consider the following times for “drop-in” play.
- Weeknights (Tuesday – Thursday, 4-6pm, and Fridays, 2:30pm-8pm)
Weeknights are tough for “drop-in” play because they are permitted constantly by local businesses/companies.
- Weekends (Saturday and Sunday, 9am-8pm)
For those living nearby, weekends are a great time to come by for a pick-up game of soccer/frisbee/touch football etc.
There is almost always a BPC Staffer located at the ball fields who can loan out sporting equipment (soccer balls, gloves and softballs/baseballs, etc).
*During the Fall (September – November) and Spring (May – June) the fields are used heavily and on a daily basis by our Downtown Soccer League and Downtown Little League. Â So, unless you can get out early, getting use of the fields is very tough.
** The new West Thames Park (by Rector Bridge) is great for games of frisbee or for light soccer use and not nearly as crowded as Rockefeller Park.
So thanks again to Sabrina and James — now, “Let’s Play Ball!”