Long Island City parents are calling on the State Parks Department to open a track and soccer field at Gantry State Park an hour earlier so that students and adults can squeeze in more recreational time.
Located on Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue, the sports field used for joggers and soccer and baseball fans officially opens at 8 a.m. The space, which takes up an entire city block, is also frequented by students at neighboring P.S./I.S. 78 and their families.
LIC Parents Group, which consists of 964 members, is asking that employees unlock the gates one hour earlier. They’ve received support from Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Senator Michael Gianaris but are hoping to hear back from the State Parks Department.
“It’s a very simple situation,” said Kris Schrey, a member of the group. “We’re in the lucky situation that there is a park, there’s a sports field with a running track and soccer