South Bronx, USA – The Bronx has always been the dumping ground for many of the cities projects that many other communities never wanted. Youth homes, prisons, garbage dumps, incinerators, homeless shelters, special programs for just about every need that other communities did not want. Some of that has been changing.
One big change was the development of the new Yankee stadium. Though there were many concerns and protest over the stadium and use of the parkland, the new park now sitting in the site of the old stadium is a highlight sports center for the entire community. Some complain that it took much longer to build than promised and that is true, three years after the new stadium opened. However, the fact is that the new park, with new ball fields, track field, handball courts, basketball courts and the skate board park is 100 times better than anything that was there before.
Now there is a possibility to get another sports complex several miles north in the old Kingsbridge Armory that would have been a Mall except that the deal went sour when the developers could not guarantee paying more than minimum wage jobs to the community.
Now the RFP's are back on the table for developing the massive structure in the heart of the notheast Bronx. One very good idea is to develop a massive recreational center that would offer a variety of sports programs for neighborhood residents. God know's the Bronx could use a sports center since we have one of the highest rates of child obesity and many other ailments that could be improved with more sports facilities. The physical well being of our residents should be a primary concern judging from recent statistics that places the Bronx among the worst of the health statistics.
We in LatinoSports support the idea of a recreational center for the community. We believe it not only makes sence, but it also will bring in revenues and jobs. We have enough stores with two malls within a few miles of each other, the Gateway mall on 150th St. and 225th Street Malls are enough. Let's have more recreational and sports minded businesses.
The following article has more information on this project. http://www.norwoodnews.org/id=6215&story=bicycles-and-basketballs-could-be-in-the-armorys-future/