Reporting Jeff Gilbert
DETROIT — (WWJ) Volunteers from Chevrolet are turning a Detroit ballpark into a “Field of Dreams,” with a complete makeover.
“It’s part of our Diamonds and Dreams program,” says Chevy marketing director Chris Perry. “It’s an extension of our sponsorship of Major League Baseball.”
This program has renovated amateur baseball fields in cities around the country. The revitalization of Jayne Field on Detroit’s east side is the first time Chevy has fixed up a ballpark in their hometown.
“We’re putting in new fencing behind home plate,” said Perry. “We’re leveling the infield. We’re putting in and maintaining the grass in the outfield.”
Jayne Field has been a centerpiece for youth baseball in Detroit. But in recent years, budget limitations have meant put off renovations, and even some routine maintenance.
When this project is finished, young baseball players will have ten redone diamonds to practice and play on.
“It’s gonna give a chance for our kids, 1400 people to play baseball in a clean and safe place,” said Tim Richey, CEO of Think Detroit PAL, which organizes youth sports.
Richey says this renovation means opportunity to a lot of young people
“The thing about baseball is you need to have good material,” he said. “You need to have a good diamond to play, something smooth to slide on.”
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