Because of “extremely favorable interest rates,” the Rockland Local Development Corp. is working to refinance $25 million in short-term bonds issued to build Provident Bank Park for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League). Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Tag Archives: Ramapo
RDA Refinancing Ramapo Ballpark
Boulders’ Success Factors Drawing Complaints
While more and more fans are coming out to watch the burgeoning indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League), some neighbors near Provident Bank Park, including the local animal shelter, are complaining about the noise from regular fireworks shows and concerts. The team says they have received very few calls raising concerns. Read more here.
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Ramapo Ballpark Revenues $300K Shy of Projections
The financials are in for the first-year operations of Provident Bank Park, home of the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League), and revenues came in $300,000 short of what consultants projected in 2010. Read more here.
Filed under Money & Financials, Stadium Issues
State Comptroller Issues Final Audit Report
The New York State Comptoller released a final audit report Wednesday on the development of the new ballpark for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League), and it wasn’t too kind. Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence disputes the conclusions. Read more here
Ballpark Design Firms Sues Ramapo LDC
Omaha (NE)-based DLR Group Architecture and Engineering is suing the Ramapo (NY) Local Development Corporation for $62,061 stilled owed to the firm for designing the new ballpark for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League). Nearly$1.5 million has already been paid on the contract. According to RLDC Executive Director Aaron Troodler, “There were a number of issues relating to the design Continue reading
Ramapo Supervisor Election Nov. 8, Ballpark Development Could Impact Outcome
In his first re-election test since jamming through the development of the new ballpark for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League), Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, along with other local elected officials, will face the voters on November 8. Read more here.
Judge Dismisses Ramapo Ballpark Suit
New York State Supreme Court Justice Linda Jamieson has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the financing of the new Ramapo (NY) ballpark for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League), after finding that the city followed the law and plaintiffs failed to provide evidence of corruption. Read more here.
NY Comptroller Hammers Ramapo in Draft Audit Report
The New York State Comptroller’s Office has taken aim at the financing and budgeting surrounding the new $38 million ballpark for the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League) in a preliminary draft report. Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said that the town plans to respond and demand corrections. Read more here. Read report here.
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Ballpark Doors Opened to FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened a federal Disaster Recovery Center at Provident Bank Park, home of the indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League), to assist businsses and residents who sustained property damage during Tropical Storm Irene. Read more here. This is a nice community outreach move by Ramapo/Rockland County to do something good and bring attention to the new stadium.
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Boulders Still Working Out the Kinks
The indy pro Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League) are up and running with a fancy new stadium, but the hurried start to their inaugural season have left team operators with a few obvious kinks to work out. Read more here. Thanks to Jon Cerone for the link.
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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Provident Bank Park (Rockland County, NY)
Ballpark Reviews visits the new Provident Bank Park (Rockland County, NY), home of the indy pro Can-Am League’s expansion Rockland Boulders. Read review and view photos here.
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Fans Pack the House for Boulders’ Inaugural Home Opener
The new 4,500-seat Provident Bank Park in Ramapo (NY) opened for business last night in front of an over-capacity crowd of 6,317, as the Rockland Boulders defeated the Brockton Rox 3-1. Read more and view video and photos here.
Rockland Boulders: A Video Tour of Provident Bank Park
Ken Lehner, president of the Can-Am League’s expansion Rockland (Ramapo, NY) Boulders, gives a complete tour of the new Provident Bank Park. View video here. The team’s home opener is this coming Thursday.
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Fido, Fifi to Fight Fireworks
A protest is ramping up against the post-game fireworks show scheduled for Thursday’s inaugural home opener for the Can-Am League’s Rockland (Ramapo, NY) Boulders at Provident Bank Park. Supporters of the nearby animal shelter are concerned about the impact the fireworks will have on the animals. To be fair, we’ve seen a few pets freak out from the boom of fireworks (and thunder), but “the show must Continue reading
Latest Photos of Provident Bank Park
Check out the latest photos of Provident Bank Park, home of the Can-Am League’s Rockland (Ramapo, NY) Boulders. The team’s inaugural home opener is set for June 16.
Boulders New Stadium Named ‘Provident Bank Park’
PRESS RELEASE – Provident Bank joined with Town of Ramapo officials and owners of the Rockland Boulders professional baseball team to announce today that the team’s new home will be named Provident Bank Park. Continue reading
NY Comptroller Targets Use of LDCs, Ramapo Ballpark Not Mentioned
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has issued a disapproving report on the abusive use of local development corporations and other private entities to advance public building projects. While the new ballpark under construction in Ramapo (NY) for the Can-Am League’s Rockland Boulders was not mentioned in the report, a story on LoHud.com works to tie the two together. Read report here.
Filed under Legal, Money & Financials, Rankings & Attendance, Stadium Issues
The Green, Green Grass of Home
Can you smell the fresh (un)cut grass? The new ballpark under construction in Ramapo (NY) for the indy pro Can-Am League’s Rockland Boulders now has fresh-laid turf.
Filed under Design & Construction, Field & Turf, Stadium Issues
Ramapo Ballpark: No Turning Back Now
In an editorial piece yesterday, The Journal News (LoHud.com) discussed in detail the obvious realities we briefly pointed out last Saturday regarding the new Ramapo (NY) ballpark under construction for the Can-Am League’s Rockland Boulders. In short, finish it, try to generate as much money from it as possible, and let the next election sort out any political fallout. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Judge Rules Against Anti-Ballpark Group
State Supreme Court Justice Linda Jamieson ruled against the anti-ballpark group Preserve Ramapo on Monday, allowing construction to continue on the new 4,500-seat stadium for the Can-Am League’s inaugural Rockland Boulders. Read more here. Thanks to Brian Merzbach for the link.
Ruling Expected in Ramapo Ballpark Legal Challenge
State Supreme Court Justice Linda Jamieson could issue an order as early as Monday to stop construction on the new ballpark in Ramapo (NY) for the Can-Am League’s inaugural Rockland Boulders, or dismiss a lawsuit filed by the anti-stadium group Preserve Ramapo. Continue reading
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Construction Photos: Rockland Boulders Stadium
Despite a hiccup or two with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, construction on the new ballpark in Ramapo for the Can-Am League’s Rockland Boulders is coming along nicely. View construction photos here.
Work Continues on Ramapo Park, Stop-Work Order Narrowly Focused
The stop-work order issued by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to halt construction on the new ballpark in Ramapo was a bit misleading, as it only referred to moving dirt and soil involved in the erosion violations. Construction has been ongoing, while the problems were rectified. Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said on Friday that the violations have been corrected. Read more here.
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Ramapo Ballpark Construction Halted
Doh! The Department of Environmental Conservation has suspended construction on the new Ramapo (NY) ballpark for the Can-Am League’s Rockland Boulders. State environmental officials are alleging that contractors have been violating the site’s stormwater pollution prevention plan. Read more here.
Rockland Boulders Unveil Logos
PRESS RELEASE – In Rockland County, New York boulders come in many forms and fashions; shapes and sizes, including baseball players. When the Rockland Boulders take to the field in June to begin their inaugural season of play, baseball fans from the Lower Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey will see the team adorned in their new uniforms featuring the primary and secondary logos, which the team Continue reading
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Financing Still Elusive for Ramapo Ballpark
Ramapo (NY) Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence has still not secured the financing necessary to pay for the new ballpark for the Can-Am League’s Rockland Boulders. The anti-ballpark group Preserve Ramapo is claiming a partial victory here, by asserting that the group’s lawsuit has scared off lenders, who don’t want to get tangled up in litigation. They are probably right. Whatever the case, construction Continue reading
Ballpark Visit ALERT: The New Ramapo Ballpark
Ballpark Reviews recently dropped by the site where the new ballpark for the indy pro Can-Am League’s inaugural Rockland (Ramapo, NY) Boulders is currently under construction. Barring an injunction to halt or delay construction, it appears that the park could be completed or substantially completed in time for the start of the 2011 season. View photo here.
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Taking Aim at the Can-Am League, Ramapo Ballpark
In a column on NewJerseyNewsRoom.com today, columnist/ pundit/lecturer and author of The Business & Politics of Sports Evan Weiner takes aim at the Ramapo (NY) ballpark project at the expense of the Can-Am League and a few of its teams. So, did the anti-ballpark group Preserve Ramapo recruit themselves a mercenary? Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the link.
Filed under Money & Financials, Stadium Issues
Group Sues to Stop Ramapo Project
Well, you knew it was coming, but the group Preserve Ramapo filed suit on Wednesday against Ramapo (NY) Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence, the Town Board, RLDC, Bottom 9 Baseball LLC, and various contractors to stop the new $16.5 million Can-Am League ballpark currently under construction off route 45 and Pomona Road for the inaugural Rockland Boulders. Read more here.
Sussex Goes Dark, Ramapo Approved, Travel Team on Deck?
Bob Wirz is reporting that the Can-Am League’s 2011 lineup has been set, with the Sussex (Augusta, NJ) Skyhawks going dark, the approval of the Rockland (Ramapo, NY) Boulders as an expansion franchise, and the addition of a road team called the New York Federals. Read more here.
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Ramapo Supervisor Visits Ballpark Construction Site
Construction on the proposed new Can-Am League ballpark in Ramapo (NY) is further along than we anticipated. Now, we have seen the building of new ballparks halted in midstream, but things appear to be moving full steam ahead at this juncture, despite stiff opposition from the group Preserve Ramapo and a lack of locked-in private financing. View photo here. Now where’s that new Rockland Boulders logo?
Ramapo Ballpark Proponents Bulldoze Ahead, Opening Day Expected in June
Ramapo (NY) Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and other proponents of the proposed new ballpark in town for the Can-Am League’s Rockland Boulders are bulldozing over opponents to get the ballpark built. Lawrence expects construction to be completed in time for opening day in June. Read more here,
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Opponents of Ramapo Ballpark to Seek Injunction
The group “Preserve Ramapo” has put relevant parties on notice that it plans to pursue an injunction to stop the advancement of a proposed new baseball stadium for the indy pro Rockland Boulders, a developing Can-Am League franchise. Read more here.
Leading Ballpark Opponent Slams Land Transfer
Robert Rhodes, chairman of Preserve Ramapo, blasted Ramapo (NY) town leaders in the local newspaper for transferring 61-acres to the Ramapo Local Development Corporation for a new ballpark to house a new Can-Am League franchise. Read more here
Ramapo Transfers Land, Ballpark Debate Heats Up
In front of a packed house of supporters and opponents, the Ramapo Town Board voted 3-2 last night to transfer 61-acres to the Ramapo Local Development Corp. for a new baseball stadium for an indy pro Can-Am League franchise. The RLDC chief indicated that the land would likely be used as collateral for the privately funded project. Opponents from Preserve Ramapo accused the city of using Continue reading
Important Meeting Regarding Rockland (Ramapo) Baseball
PRESS RELEASE – Work on the Ballpark continues unabated. Tomorrow night a Public Hearing will take place at 8:00 PM in the Ramapo Town Council Room covering the transfer of the 61 acre ballpark parcel to the Ramapo Local Development Corporation (L.D.C.). The transfer of the land to the L.D.C. for a nominal fee for public purposes, (in particular job creation) is permitted by State Law. L.D.C.’s Continue reading
Boulders Accepting Job Applications
PRESS RELEASE – The Rockland Boulders announced today that the team is now accepting applications for full-time positions for their inaugural 2011 season from aspiring job applicants online. Continue reading
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Colonials Renew Agreement with Can-Am League, New Markets on Deck
The Pittsfield (MA) Colonials have renewed their franchise affiliation agreement with the indy pro Can-Am League for the next three years. This does not guarantee that the franchise remains in Pittsfield, but the ownership has expressed a commitment to the market. In other Can-Am news, the league heard presentations from groups representing Ramapo (NY), Newark (NJ), and Trois Rivieres (QC) at the Continue reading
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Can-Am to Expand by Two?
Can-Am League Commissioner Miles Wolff has stated that there is a good chance that the league would expand from six to eight teams in time for the 2011 season. Prospective owners are expected to make presentations during the league’s meetings on Oct. 4-5. Ramapo and Ottawa are the most obvious markets on deck. Read more here. Thanks to John Cerone for the article.
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New Team Name Wins in a Landslide
PRESS RELEASE – During the past several weeks, baseball fans from across the Lower Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey have been debating among family and friends while voting for their favorite name for the new Rockland Baseball team, an independent minor league baseball team scheduled to start play in June 2011. Over the course of the last 5 weeks, nearly 6,000 fans voted for their favorite team Continue reading
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