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Frank J. Bertino Memorial Field

Sector

Campuses

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

Riverdale Country School

Location

Riverdale, NY

Status

Complete

Completion

2009

Site Area

2 acres

Riverdale Country School, established in 1907, is located on two wooded campuses in the Bronx. MNLA has been engaged in planning and design services at both campuses since 1994.  

An important component of this institution's environment is the athletic opportunities for students. One of the three existing athletic fields, the Frank J. Bertino Memorial Field, was reconstructed to meet New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) competition regulations. MNLA conducted a detailed feasibility study for its renaissance and led the team that prepared renovation construction documents for the playing surface, fencing, restroom facilities, and bleachers. The playing surface is a synthetic turf with an organic infill; striping for multiple sports such as football, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey is imbedded into it. A subsurface detention system is designed to handle runoff for the field as well as the area immediately surrounding it.

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Coach Frank J. Bertino led the Riverdale football team to 247 wins in 300 games over his 40-year career, including an incredible 51 game winning streak from 1958 to 1965 and 13 Ivy Prep School League titles.

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