Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Erie County Executive Chris Collins announced Tuesday that seven local not-for-profit organizations will receive turf recently removed from Ralph Wilson Stadium.
As the owner of the Ralph, Erie County, through a contractor, recently replaced the turf at the stadium. The old turf was carefully removed so that it could be repurposed in the community to support youth athletics and recreation activities.
“As County Executive I am pleased that this turf, paid for by the taxpayers of Erie County, can be repurposed to provide recreational and athletic opportunities for youth in our community,” said Collins. “It is our hope that this turf will continue to benefit our community in a new way for years to come.”
Collins asked County Parks Commissioner James Hornung to review the applications along with Stephen Lynch from Sports Performance Park at the Eastern Hill Mall. Lynch paid to have the approximately 86,000 square feet of turf hauled away from the Ralph and temporary stored at the mall while recipients were being identified and selected.
The following organizations will receive turf from Ralph Wilson Stadium:
• Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in South Buffalo - will use the turf to convert a school parking lot into an outdoor athletic field
• Boys and Girls Club of Springville - will use the turf to carpet an indoor portion of the club’s new, larger location
• Town of Boston – will use the turf to convert a parking lot into an outdoor recreation area for the Town’s Youth Recreation Center
• St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster – will use the turf to carpet the floor of the school’s indoor batting cage
• Amherst Lighting Softball League – will use the turf to carpet a softball diamond in Amherst
• Amherst Mel Ott Baseball League – will use the turf to carpet a baseball diamond in Amherst
• HITS (Helping Individuals to Smile) Foundation headquartered in West Seneca – will use the turf to carpet an indoor field at the organization’s sports complex being constructed in Springville.
Erie County received more than two dozen applications. To be considered, applications had to be received by the deadline and be from a not-for-profit located in Erie County.