New York, NY —
Randalls Island is undergoing renovations that will add 34 softball fields and 29 football fields. Its Sports Foundation has decided to allow 20 private schools to use the new facilities for after school sports and activities.
REPORTER: Yesterday, the non-profit group NYC Park Advocates protested a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion. Geoffery Croft, the group's president, says the choice of private schools discriminates against public schools that do not have the means to pay to reserve field time.
CROFT: The city has entered into an agreement which we think is illegal to give 80% of these fields to wealthy Caucasian schools in exchange for a donation.
REPORTER: Members of Park Advocates have filed a lawsuit against the Randalls Island Sports Foundation over the rights to use the facilities.