The final touches have gone up at D’Youville College’s first outdoor athletic facilities. The eight foot ornamental fencing has been branded ‘Dobson Field’, “The Home of the Spartans”. Along with the completion of the fence, D’Youville has also wrapped up construction on a locker facility, which is located across Fourth Street.
This past summer, Dobson Field was alive with the sounds of baseball and soccer games. The development has greatly enhanced the neighborhood, which is probably unaccustomed to so much collegiate activity.
The $4.3 million project is a great addition to the neighborhood, which is in somewhat of a transformative stage. Community Beer Works will be rolling up with a new brewery in the near future (see story), and Porter Avenue and Niagara Street are both seeing massive infrastructure improvements – not to mention the attention being paid to LaSalle Park. Even Front Park is going to be getting a facelift, when Baird Drive is completely removed – the project will help to reconnect the historic Olmsted Park.
Now if only the Public Bridge Authority would get its act together and do something with the old Duty Free shop on Porter Avenue. It is currently used as a storage facility for Duty Free products. The place is an eyesore and should not be allowed to operate in that limited capacity, especially with the rest of the neighborhood rallying together to create positive change through significant investments.