Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri has announced the construction of a new athletic field at TR Proctor Park on Culver Avenue.

The multi-purpose field will be over 94,000 square feet in size and consist of synthetic turf.

It can be used for soccer, football, lacrosse and rugby among other sports.

Palmieri says the over $2 million project will be funded by public and private partners, including local businessman Sal Longo of Northern Safety and the Cal Ripken, Senior Foundation.

The project partners consist of the following individuals/organizations;

• Sal Longo Foundation

• Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

• City of Utica

• Funding Secured by Senator Joseph Griffo

• Funding Secured by Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi

The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties

Palmieri said, “The generosity of Sal Longo, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and advocacy from project partners will enhance the quality of life for countless children. This is an exciting and transformative initiative that could not have come to fruition without everyone working together for the betterment of our community.”

Construction of the field would begin this fall, pending approvals from the Utica Common Council and the Utica Planning Board.