FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2021
Mayor Noble Proposes Moving Dietz Stadium Master Plan Forward through Municipal Bond
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble was joined by Kingston City School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Padalino, County Executive Pat Ryan, and members of the Common Council and School Board at a press conference today to announce a partnership with the Kingston City School District to move forward on completing the Dietz Stadium Master Plan.
This year marks the 100th anniversary and more than 30 years since Dietz Stadium has received more than $1 million in capital improvements. With funding from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant, the City of Kingston developed an extensive renovation plan. The total cost, currently estimated with Covid-related price increases, is approximately $18.7 million.
To get the renovations underway, Mayor Noble will request Common Council approval for a municipal bond package in the amount of $13.7million. The City of Kingston Grants Management team will continue to search for additional funding opportunities and revenue sources to reduce the local share. If approved by the Council, construction is anticipated to begin 2022 and last two construction seasons.
“I thank the residents, community groups, and stakeholders who joined us for the announcement today, and to those who participated in the design process including our Project Advisory Committee who shepherded this project forward,” said Mayor Noble. “Our beloved Dietz Stadium has been the site for hundreds of graduations, community events, and sporting events while also providing a space for good old fashioned fun by millions of individuals over its 100-year lifespan. The sports complex is open and accessible to everyone in our City, School District and County, and has greatly benefited our local economy, but the facility is ready for a renovation. Fulfilling the master plan would ensure Dietz Stadium and the surrounding complex will be around for future generations.”
The Dietz Stadium Master Plan includes:
Grandstand Repairs and Upgrades
Toilet Room/Locker Room Upgrades
Press Box Renovation
Pre-Fabricated Compostable Toilet Building
New Concession Stand
Track Resurface and Turf Field Replacement
Relocate Basketball Court by Pool
Expanded Practice Area
Extended Perimeter Access Drive
Renovated Andretta Pool House
Power for Food Trucks
Master Plan Site Work
Dietz Stadium was originally founded by the Fairgrounds Company in 1921 as a baseball field. In 1937, a WPA project created a running track and football field. In 1954, the municipal stadium was renamed Dietz Memorial Stadium in honor of the late Sargent Robert H. Dietz, who was a World War II hero awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, a Kingston resident and Kingston High School graduate.
For more information, please visit: https://engagekingston.com/dietz-stadium-andretta-pool-improvements