The success of the Amsterdam Mohawks baseball team is not totally good news for the city.
The New York Collegiate Baseball League team is expected to draw more than 30,000 visitors to Shuttleworth Park this summer, but while Mayor Ann Thane said that is a great success for the team and the city, the unprecedented number of visitors has city officials looking to address traffic flow, capacity, parking and safety issues at the park.
Representatives from the city's Fire, Police and Recreation departments will meet next week with Mohawks General Manager Brian Spagnola to do a physical inspection of the facilities and discuss specific needs in accommodating large crowds at the park, Thane said in a statement today. Early this fall, she explained, a comprehensive report will be presented to the Common Council, including suggestions for improved emergency response protocols.
"Our approach is proactive, both in promoting and protecting the interests of the city," Thane said.
The Amsterdam Industrial Development Agency invested $135,000 in improvements to the park, including a new concession stand, new bleachers, an 80-foot party deck that can accommodate 250 people, an air-conditioned luxury suite and improvements to the bathrooms.
"Shuttleworth Park has grown into one of the top places to play summer baseball in America and players find the game atmosphere at our park is the best in the New York Collegiate Baseball League," Spagnola said. "We are committed to providing an exceptionally safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved, players and visitors alike. We are grateful to the city for the opportunity to work together to achieve our common goals."