Updated April 11, 4:40 p.m.
Long Island City parents called 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.
And soon after, the State Parks Department complied — starting on April 17 the field will open at 7 a.m., according to spokesperson Randy Simons.
Located on Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue, the sports field used for joggers and soccer and baseball fans currently 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, asked that employees unlock the gates one hour earlier. They received support from Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan and Senator Michael Gianaris.
“It’s a very simple situation,” said Kris Schrey, a member of the group. “We’re in the lucky situation