Dozens participated in the one-day project
The Maryland Recreation & Parks Association (MRPA), in partnership with Montgomery County Parks, completed a one-day, top-to-bottom field renovation at a Salvation Army ball field in Salisbury on Wednesday, June 13.
The renovation included a new dirt infield, new sod outfield, irrigation and fences. These improvements increase playability and safety of the field for ball players.
The project was led by Montgomery County Parks, and approximately 14 volunteers from MRPA assisted with the renovation. The project provided MRPA members hands-on training while supporting one of MRPA’s three pillars, social equity: ensuring all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation.
Volunteers from The Salvation Army also assisted with the renovation.
Materials and/or time for the renovation were donated from numerous businesses and organizations including Best Fence, BSN Sports, Collins Wharf Sod, Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Inc., Luck Ecosystems, Mid-Atlantic Turf, Inc., MRPA, Montgomery County Parks, Newsom, Peninsula Irrigation, Queen Anne’s County Parks, The Salvation Army, SiteOne Landscape Supply and Wicomico County Recreation & Parks.
Immediately following the renovation, a girls softball game took place on the new field.
To see an aerial time lapse of the renovation, visit https://youtu.be/EJ9KKt7xqrw. (Video credit: Shore Films.)
Photo caption: Dozens of people worked to transform a Salvation Army ball field on Wednesday, June 13. From left to right, Cliff Driver, athletic field coordinator for Montgomery Parks; Willie Downing, youth club director for the Salvation Army in Salisbury; John Nissel, deputy director of operations for Montgomery Parks; Chuck Montrie, executive director of the Maryland Recreation & Parks Association; and Chuck Rousseau, deputy director for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism; pose for a photo as work neared completion on the field.
Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism