Ready for Play: MTA C&D & 3TC Meet Community Commitments on Long Island

Linden Avenue Pedestrian Underpass 04-29-20

Despite additional challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, our teams on Long Island are nevertheless living up to the promises they made to the communities along the 10-mile long LIRR Expansion Project corridor.

It’s anyone’s guess whether Carle Place’s and Floral Park’s ballfields and Floral Park’s community pool will host aspiring Major Leaguers and Olympic Gold Medal swimmers this summer, but our crews completed the restoration of ballfields and underpasses at both locations, just as scheduled.

At Floral Park, Tom McGuinness and his team, Third Track Constructors (3TC) and the LIRR rebuilt and extended a 60-year old underpass—the only pedestrian access to the Floral Park Pool and Recreation Center from the north side of the LIRR Main Line. 3TC had used the adjacent ball field as a staging area, and so as promised, restored it with fresh sod, a new diamond, and sodded barriers so the field will be ready for whenever the first pitch of the season takes place.

Farther east on the Main Line in Carle Place, 3TC had temporarily closed part of Fuschillo Park as part of the Carle Place Station Enhancement Project. The park is a vibrant community hub, and both C&D and 3TC worked closely with community leaders to minimize the impacts of this work – coordinating schedules and installing specialized foam padding along construction barriers as an extra safety measure.

Living up to our community commitments is an essential ingredient in our efforts to build trust with the public we serve. We’re grateful to the LIRR Expansion project team for helping us keep our promises, despite the challenging circumstances.

Carle Place Ballfield 04-29-20