Fort Tilden Soccer Players Left in the Dirt


They just want to play ball.

Recently Touros Soccer Training, which like local CYO teams, utilizes the soccer fields at Fort Tilden, reached out to The Rockaway Times for help regarding permitting issues for the fields.

While Mayor de Blasio recently announced that permits would be given for youth sports programs to continue at fields around the city starting September 15, the Fort Tilden fields were left in the dirt.

“As awesome news as this is... those of us who play on the NPS fields in Rockaway, are still not in the clear yet! Our lovely National Park Services NPS who owns and issues permits for Fort Tilden has not given us ANY official update,” Touros said in an email. They added that they reached out to Rep. Gregory Meeks for assistance but were not receiving much help.

The Rockaway Times reached out to the National Park Service to inquire when and if permits would be allowed soon. On Tuesday, spokeswoman Daphne Yun said, “We plan to accept applications for youth team sports by the end of this month. We are still working on details at this time.”

Some say by the end of the month isn’t enough. “Unfortunately, unless they follow suit with the rest of NYC, the kids will have missed out on nearly three weeks of practices and multiple games, as they will not be allowed by the league, to participate with no home field,” a concerned parent who was sharing a petition about the issue on social media said. “We will continue to push and hopefully with such great support behind us, we can get it moving faster.”