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December 28, 2012 By Steven E. Greer
Over the summer, BatteryPark.TV noticed that modest amounts of rain were causing the West Thames grass field to become waterlogged. We met with the head of the parks conservancy maintenance and learned that drainage was never installed when the DOT constructed the field. The field is just a few feet of dirt on top of compacted stone, much like a city street paved with dirt. (The most recent build of the field was overseen by former BPCA President Gayle Horwitz, who also managed the improper installation of the artificial turf fields on Murray Street.)
BP.TV then suggested to the BPCA, based on our experiences with the state-of-the-art drainage used by famed golf course architect Jack Nicklaus, that a drainage system was essential. The parks conservancy seemed to agree, and has now installed underground conduits.