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Aug, 2020

Sign a Petition to Allow Youth Sports in City Parks this Fall

GVLL Families,

Many of you have been inquiring as to our Fall programs, and we appreciate both your enthusiasm and your patience in waiting to hear from us. Several members of the GVLL Board have been working to secure permits for our fields and draw up plans for the best Fall programs we can execute in the current environment.

We have received confirmation from the Hudson River Park Trust that we will receive permits for Pier 40 and Chelsea Waterside Park, the fields under their control. This means that we should be able to put on at least some programming this Fall. 

However, the NYC Parks Department has announced that they will not be issuing field permits for the Fall, citing health and safety concerns - instead allowing the fields to continue to be used on a first-come-first-served basis. This would prevent GVLL from scheduling games at JJ Walker and Randall's Island fields as usual, two very important facilities for us, and will severely curtail the number of programs and the number of players we would be able to accommodate in our Fall program.

GVLL has joined with many other youth sports organizations from across the city in asking the Mayor to reconsider and reverse this decision. Not only does it rob thousands of children of a vital physical outlet and much-anticipated return to normalcy, it arguably reduces safety, as organizations like ours can exert control at the fields - requiring masks, enforcing social distancing, conducting health checks and enabling contact tracing - in contrast to the lack of controls during unpermitted time.

We would like to ask all of our families to consider also signing the petition begun by South Bronx United soccer league, joining your voices to other NYC families affected by this decision. GVLL is fortunate in that we at least have another authority from whom we are getting some fields - many other youth leagues in the city will have to cancel their programs entirely because of this decision. 

Click here to sign the petition

We hope to be able to send out an announcement next week with a plan for the Fall season and an initial registration link. Thank you for your continued support of Greenwich Village Little League.

Peter Marino

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