Updated 03/20/2012 01:30 PM
Workers Prep City Ballfields For Opening Day
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As New Yorkers mark the first day of spring, the city's Parks Department is busy prepping its fields for the upcoming little league season.
Before the plates are laid out in city parks, crews are making sure the diamonds, bleachers, fences and fields are all in good shape.
Parks workers in Queens are preparing 174 fields for the upcoming season.
Much of their work includes inspecting fields and fence lines, painting benches, removing leafs and leveling the dirt on the infield.
Parks officials say the job is a little easier this year because of the unusually warm winter.
"The mild winter made it much easier for us to get on the fields because they're not as soggy as they were. So, our teams are very busy across the borough getting our fields ready," said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski.
The Parks Department also has agreements with baseball and softball leagues which help maintain fields during the season in exchange for storage space.
"The Parks Department, as you can see, they're laying clay for us and then we'll have volunteers from our league, parents, coaches, and even some of the older kids come down and help maintain the fields during the year," said Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League President Jay Vigorito.
The ballfields are officially set to open on April 7.