Why does it cost $9 million to rehab a few ball fields?

If $9 million sounds like a lot of money to rehabilitate a few ball fields, you’re probably not wrong.

Staten Island (NY) Borough President James Oddo and City Council Minority Leader Steven Matteo are putting up a combined $6 million to rehab the General Douglas MacArthur Park ball fields across from the public Berry Houses in Dongan Hills, with $3 million coming from the city through a FEMA grant.

Oddo called the Parks Department price tag “exorbitant” and expressed frustration that so much of the $9 million is budgeted for “soft costs” — project contingency, design contingency, construction supervision and construction contingency make up 28 percent of the figure.

See here for cost breakdown