From Benjamin Peim (hat-tip to River Ave. Blues):
The city Parks Department plans to seek preliminary approval next week for plans to commemorate the stadium at Heritage Field - the future park after the House That Ruth Built meets the wrecking ball. Gate 2 is not in the plans.I really hope the city will decide to go forward with the plans to save gate 2. The current plans do little to keep anything of the original stadium, and that's not something I or I'm sure many Yankees fans want to see. A park with a piece of frieze is not enough. Some part of the original structure should be left standing.
"If it gets approved, I think we're through," said John Trush, one of the fans fighting to save the gate.
The Parks Department presented its plans last May to the Design Commission, which approves all permanent works of art, architecture and landscape architecture proposed on or over city property. It granted preliminary approval, with the caveat they make revisions to better incorporate the stadium's history.
At next week's meeting, with Gate 2 crusaders making their pitch, the commission will decide the department's revised plans for the old Yankee Stadium.
"Our chances were a million to one when we started this," said Trush, "and now it's 50-50."
The Stadium is a part of the city's history, and at least part of it should be kept around for generations to come. I commend the people behind this project who have really come a long way in making this a possibility.