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Briella TomassettiSep 30, 2017, 1:26 pmOct 1, 2017, 6:12 am

Protesters gather, continue battle to save Scout Field

Westchester County and Town of Eastchester are behind plan to change it into youth sports fields

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A local grassroots group in Westchester is protesting the revitalization of a community park, which is slated to cost thousands of dollars.

Organizers of ‘Save Scout Field’ met Saturday to fight plans by the Town of Eastchester to privatize the field, which would rearrange it into multiple youth sports fields.

Protesters argue that this will ruin the park's natural beauty and limit open space.

Westchester County and the Town of Eastchester are behind the renovations, which would also include a new parking lot and a new water line — all estimated to cost the town around $125,000.

The plan has locals feeling like they weren't properly notified.

But County Executive Rob Astorino says leaders have had meetings with groups and representatives from each of the villages, towns and cities.

"One thing we know is fields are needed — for high schools, for ASO, for Little League, for lacrosse,” says Astorino. “So we're working with the town of Eastchester, trying to get everybody to the table and come up with something that works for everybody. But we are moving forward. We want fields there."

Many displeased residents have even organized online campaigns against the renovations. In fact, one page has already raised around $2,600 with the goal of 3,500.

Saturday is the group's second protest here. But so far, the town seems to be moving forward with the renovations, despite complaints.

According to The Journal News, Eastchester Supervisor Anthony Colavita called the plan a "win-win situation" that would improve the field and also give people a place to go with their pets.

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