By Heather Collins
Zionsville Little League is making two major enhancements to Lions Park that will improve the fields for baseball and softball players. ZLL, with the help of the Lions Club and the community, wants to raise $25,000 by May 15 to help fund the upgrades.
One project is to improve drainage. Fields are impacted each year by water draining from nearby Eagle Creek. The project will improve how water is drained throughout the park, increase player safety, reduce game cancellations and delays and improve the appearance of the fields. The project is expected improve the conditions for all the fields in the park, especially Fields 6, 7, 8 and 9.
The other project is the replacement of Field 1 dugouts. The structures, including the roofs, have been damaged from water flow and natural freeze and thaw cycles.
The dugout replacements were an unforeseen event for ZLL and not a budgeted capital improvement project for 2017. The cost of the project is approximately $10,000.
ZLL President Mike Reinbold said the dugouts had become structurally unsound. ZLL has been forced to demolish and repair the dugouts with the new ones expected to be complete by the first week of May.
The drainage project will not begin until after the 2017 season.
Reinbold said the projects will not affect access to the park and will not interfere with the baseball or softball schedule. The drainage project will be completed before the Fall Festival.
“We just celebrated our 64th season. We’ve been serving three generations of Zionsville residents through Little League activities for baseball and softball. We’re just hoping to continue to provide a safe, fun atmosphere for our players and coaches,” Reinbold said.
For information or to donate, visit zionsvillelittleleague.org.