On April 8, Skanska and Council Member Costa Constantinides joined hundreds of Elmjack Little Leaguers to kick off the 2017 season and celebrate Skanska-Walsh’s $1.8 million investment to rehabilitate the league’s fields.
Some improvements are already visible at the fields, including the installation of an upgraded fence on the south side of the fields, with more changes forthcoming in the Little League’s off season. This will include resurfacing portions of the fields to create improved infields, grassing outfield areas, and relocating and improving pitcher’s mounds and dugouts.
“Skanska works in neighborhoods across the five boroughs, and we are proud to partner with local organizations in our communities,” said Thomas Nilsson, a Skanska USA Vice President and lead executive for Skanska-Walsh. “We have been operating in New York for nearly a century, and Skanska is proud to make meaningful contributions to the Queens community that have a positive impact well beyond the scope of our projects.”
“We’re very excited about opening this year, we have an increase in registrations with the parents coming out to support and help keep this league running for years to come,” said the league’s newly elected President, Robert Isea. “This year is especially important as the league begins a multiyear project transformation to upgrade the fields and facilities.”
“Skanska’s investment to Elmjack Little League Fields is in line with our commitment to be a good neighbor for the community while we build an entirely new LaGuardia Airport consistent with Governor Cuomo’s vision,’’ said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “Those fields, where I played baseball myself as a kid, are a significant benefit to players in the Queens Little Leagues and the surrounding neighborhood”.
Through their relationship with LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), the organization selected by the Port Authority of NY and NJ to redevelop LaGuardia Central Terminal B, Skanska USA and the Skanska-Walsh Joint Venture are helping to bring NYC its new world-class terminal. Skanska, along with Vantage Airport Group and Meridiam, are project sponsors and co-investors, while SWJV is leading the design-build.
“As the Elmjack Little League marks another opening day and gets ready for another exciting season, news of renovations being made to its facilities is cause for celebration,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx). “The investments being made by Skanska demonstrate its commitment to the neighborhoods surrounding LaGuardia Airport, and I’m thrilled our youth will soon have an upgraded field on which to play ball. I thank Skanska for stepping up to the plate to deliver these much-needed improvements for our community.”
State Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens) said, “After months and months of waiting, and finally leaving behind a harsh winter, opening day is here, and is here to stay. Elmjack Little League and the hundreds of participants that take part if are ready to play ball. Kids in Western Queens will take the fields at Elmjack, envisioning playing one day at CitiField, just a couple of miles away. And as the opening ceremonies and events take place, I want to thank Skanska for investing $1.8 million to renovate Elmjack facilities over the next four years, a project that will help children and teenagers enjoy more modern baseball facilities.”
New York State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas said, “It's a great day when a partnership like this one results in such an enormous benefit for Queens kids. I salute the parents and the Skanska personnel who are turning the dream of beautiful ball fields into a reality. The talented ball players in our Elmjack Little League will now have the great fields they deserve and that our entire community can be proud of."
Council Member Costa Constantinides said, "Congratulations to the Elmjack Little League on its opening day for this season. Elmjack has been a safe space for children to exercise their minds and bodies outside of school. Learning the rules of the game, and how to play with one another, is one of the most important lessons our kids can learn when they're young. We are excited to see the $1.8 million investment from Skanska to upgrade the fields with new pitchers mounds, new fencing, resurfacing, and other much-needed improvements. Thank you to Elmjack and Skanska for their partnership in community outreach and youth programming."
With its Civil Northeast headquarters located less than a mile from the Elmjack fields, Skanska USA is proud of the presence it has cultivated in the Queens community. In addition to LaGuardia Airport, Skanska’s current projects in Queens include the new Kosciuszko Bridge and the reconstruction of the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk. Skanska-Walsh Joint Venture managing the construction of LaGuardia Airport’s Concourse B has also gathered funds to sponsor one of the Elmjack Little League teams, who will go by “The Concourse Bees.”
Skanska’s legacy in New York dates back more than 100 years. Across the city, Skanska teams have completed some of the region’s most iconic public landmarks and transportation milestones, including MetLife Stadium, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and Oculus, the United Nations’ campus-wide Capital Master Plan, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and the Second Avenue and 7 Line subway extensions.
Skanska currently employs more than 1,000 people in the New York Metro Region and is consistently recognized as an overall industry leader in size, safety, and performance. Current projects include the Moynihan Train Hall at the new Empire Station Complex and the Bayonne Bridge’s “Raise the Roadway” project.