Woodlake doubles up on youth ballfields

City of Woodlake receives $82,000 grant to build two youth baseball/softball fields at Castle Rock Park

@TheSunGazette

WOODLAKE – The City of Woodlake was recently awarded a $82,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), the grant program supported by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote youth baseball and softball participation. The grant will provide funding for the construction of two youth baseball/softball fields at Castle Rock Park.

The city provides ballfields for the 29 teams between the Woodlake Youth Softball Association and the Woodlake Youth Baseball Association. The City plans to construct two additional fields to accommodate the growing programs and need for additional practice and game time. The grant will provide funding for field construction including site work, irrigation systems, fencing and dugouts. This is the second BTF grant awarded to the city. In 2014, a $55,000 grant provided funding for the construction of two fields at Willow Court Park.

“The City of Woodlake is excited to once again partner with Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to deliver two more much needed fields to the City’s expanding softball and baseball youth programs,” said Ramon Lara, City Administrator for the City of Woodlake.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by the MLBPA and MLB in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 1,000 grants totaling over $34 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics. For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com and follow BTF on Facebook and Twitter.

Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, said “The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is proud to support the continued growth of the baseball and softball in Woodlake. On behalf of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, we are grateful to the City of Woodlake and the local organizations that provide quality programs and facilities in the community. We hope that the additional field availability eases the schedules for busy families and encourages more players to learn and enjoy the game.”

The two new additional fields at Castle Rock will help promote the City’s goal of providing parks and recreation opportunities for the local youth. Earlier this year, the City developed a soccer facility for the City’s youth soccer league and finished construction on the 12,000-square foot City of Woodlake Community Center that will be used by the City’s new youth basketball league.

The City of Woodlake accepts in-kind and monetary contributions for its programs and facilities. Those interested in donating to the project may contact Irene Zacarias at 559-564-8055.

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