Maspeth residents raised the yellow card over late-night problems at a local soccer field, prompting a local lawmaker to take action.
Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan visited on Monday with several Maspeth families to discuss issues centered around the Metropolitan Oval soccer field, located in the vicinity of 60th Street and 59th Avenue, and possible solutions.
Maspeth residents Francesco Pellot and Norma Canepa say that they have witnessed excessive noise, alcohol use, littering and loitering at very late hours into the night on several occasions during the summer at the soccer complex.
Pellot and Canepa raised these issues at Community Board 5’s (CB 5) September meeting, and have collected over 100 signatures on a petition to call on the Metropolitan Oval soccer field to change its policies and become better neighbors to the community. The petition calls on the soccer field to reduce its noise levels, eliminate alcohol and suspected drug use, reduce littering around the area, improve the field’s security and close at a reasonable time.
“My office received several complaints from local residents about this establishment,” Nolan said in a statement. “The Metropolitan Oval has an obligation to be a good corporate citizen and respect the quality of life of nearby residents. I am optimistic that all parties involved can come to a resolution.”
Nolan passed these complaints along to the 104th Precinct and the Department of Sanitation, which has forwarded the complaints to their Enforcement Unit.
“I forwarded these very serious complaints to several city agencies including the 104th Precinct, which responded and has monitored the situation for the past several weeks,” Nolan said. “Thank you Captain Wachter and the 104th Precinct for tackling this very serious issue. I look forward to hearing back from the other agencies so we can continue to preserve the quality of life for all our local residents.”
The 4.2-acre Metropolitan Oval hosts a U.S. Soccer Development Academy of the same name that allows youths of all ages to play and learn the fundamentals of soccer through specialized training programs, camps and clinics.
The Ridgewood Times reached out to Metropolitan Oval for comment and is awaiting a response.