Cleveland Field undergoes restoration
     2016-05-06      By Media Report    editor@geringcitizen.com
Through a $5,000 grant from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation, the historic Cleveland Field west of Scottsbluff will soon be undergoing some restoration.

The baseball diamonds have undergone various restoration projects in the past and has been “home” to the WESTCO Twin Cities Baseball programs for many years – so changes were due.

The old dugouts were demolished and removed, and the brand new ones have been repositioned adjacent to the fence line. As a result, the new dugouts are now considerably larger and capable of accommodating the increasing numbers of players on the teams. Cleveland Field also badly needed additional storage; a room was built on the north end of the home dugout, and can handle a larger volume of equipment.

“Our program benefits players ages 13-18, in the Panhandle,” said Amy Winters, President of WESTCO Twin Cities Baseball. “Players learn the importance of sportsmanship, good health and active citizenship. The players consider it an honor to play for the program.”

Winters added her organization is grateful to OTCF for grant that made the upgrades possible. “While portions of this grand Field have undergone various stages of upgrades, this particular project focused on purchasing new dugouts. So the funds from OTCF were earmarked specifically for that,” she said.

OTCF Grant Committee Chair, Jim Reinhardt said, “Cleveland Field and the WESTCO Twin Cities Baseball program are a ‘hub’ in our city, and having this field in prime condition, with good equipment, guarantees interest from visiting teams who come to play, and want to return to Scottsbluff for tournaments. They have a lot of pride in the program, so we’re more than willing to help with improvements along the way.”

The Oregon Trail Community Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) whose mission is to improve the quality, vitality and safety of life in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming. For more information about OTCF grants, go to otcf.org or call 308-635-3393.

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