Over the last few years, the CLL board has been evaluating the infield areas on the three baseball fields. With years of use and tongs of ag lime added to the fields, we were facing some challenges with holes, divots and ridges along the infield areas. This was becoming a safety concern for our players.
After the 2015 season, our fields were evaluated by a turf management company and a proposal received that would rebuild our infields. In October, 2015 we applied for the Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant to help in the cost of this project. In January 2016, Crystal Little League and the City of Crystal were notified that we received a capital grant in the amount of $38,000 to go towards rebuilding our infields.
Thanks to everyone’s league fundraising efforts over the last few years, as well as a large donation from West Metro Fire-Rescue Relief Charitable Gambling Organization, we were able to secure the remaining funds for the approximately $70,000 project.
On Tuesday, August 9, Shwaders Turf Management Company began work on our fields. They will remove between 1-3 inches deep on our infields, and 10 feet into the outfield. Once that is completed they will laser grade the fields to make sure our players have flat playing surfaces. Once the new pitching mounds and home plate areas are completed, they will then sod all areas where grass is today.
With the renovation, the CLL fields will be unavailable to use this fall in order to give the sod ample time to grow and be ready for the 2017 season.
So if you see tractors, bobcats, sod cutters and other activity at the field – DON’T WORRY! They are there to make the fields better for our kids
More information about the Hennepin Youth Sports Program: http://www.hennepin.us/your-government/projects-initiatives/henn-youth-sports
Information on Shwaders Sports Turf Management: http://www.shwaders.net/#!sports-turf-management/c11lh
You can watch the renovation activity on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CrystalLittleLeague/
Please click on the link below to fill out your 2016 Coach/Volunteer registration form.
Crystal Little League baseball is located in Crystal, Minnesota. We are a Little League baseball program for boys and girls ages 5 to 12 that are residents of the City of Crystal. Field Locations