HARRISON APAR FIELD OF DREAMS PLAQUE INSCRIPTION
[The following inscription appears on the plaque at the foot of flagpole at Harrison Apar Field of Dreams, located at the end of Benjamin Boulevard, in Pinetree Estates off Broad Street, midway between Route 35 and Granite Springs Road. The flagpole at the field was donated by Harrison Apar YAC PBA Fund and dedicated in spring 2004 at YAC's Opening Day Parade, which began at the field. The bleachers at the field, and at Chelsea Field, were donated by the Harrison Apar YAC PBA Fund through a grant secured by State Senator Vincent Leibell on a recommendation from Yorktown Councilman NIcholas Bianco.]
HARRISON APAR FIELD OF DREAMS
Dedicated September 7, 2003
‘Dreams do not come easily, but if you stretch enough,
nothing is out of reach.’ Harrison Apar
Standing as tall as this [38-inch high] pedestal due to dwarfism, and braving lifelong heart-and-lung disease, Harrison Apar’s inner strength inspires us to live every day true to his uplifting legacy.
He was beloved by the community for his wit, positive attitude and passion for sports, especially baseball, which he played and umpired for Yorktown Athletic Club.
Upon his passing, after heart surgery, an outpouring of support, led by seventh grade students Brendan Frail and Ali Belcastro, convinced the Town of Yorktown to dedicate this park (formerly Pinetree Field) to a little person who forever will be looked up to as a model of courage, pride and excellence.
As the first public place named for a child of Yorktown, this
Field of Dreams is testament to the joyful spirit of children everywhere. Listen closely, and you may hear Harrison
call out two of his favorite words: Play Ball!
November 29, 1987 -- March 21, 2003
MAY WE STAND AS TALL AS HE DID
The original flag at this site was flown over the U.S. Capitol on August 4, 2003 in honor of Harrison Apar Field of Dreams.