Mayor Luke Ravenstahl threw out the first pitch at a Tri-Ward baseball game this evening, officially declaring the new and improved Dean's Field open for recreation. The Mayor, along with the citizens of Bloomfield, gathered to celebrate the renovations to this community gem, located under the Bloomfield Bridge, at 400 Ella Street.
The field, used primarily by the Tri-Ward Baseball league and the Bloomfield Girls Softball league, has undergone a $400,000 renovation. The dilapidated synthetic surface was removed and a natural field and fencing were installed. Trees and shrubs were planted, the welcome sign was repainted and a warm-up area for pitchers was created beyond the fence in left field. The field can now accommodate play up through Pony League.
The Mayor and other local legislators - Senator Jim Ferlo, Rep. Lisa Bennington, Rep. Don Walko, Councilman Bill Peduto, Councilman Patrick Dowd and former Councilman Len Bodack - along with generous support from the Bloomfield Citizens Council, the Tri-Ward Baseball team and the Bloomfield Girls Softball league, secured funding to make necessary improvements to the field. The City's Department of Public Works and Department of Parks and Recreation dedicated time and funding to ensure that the project would be a success.
The renovation of Dean's Field is a project that has been years in the making, with smaller improvements being made on an as-needed basis. This large scale improvement has created a field that will be used and celebrated for years to come.
"Dean's Field is an integral part of the Bloomfield and surrounding community," said Mayor Ravenstahl. "Over the years, thousands of kids through multiple generations have played on this field. We are happy to have helped to ensure its use for generations to come."
"The Bloomfield Citizens Council has diligently strived for a safer playing field in response to the concerns of parents of the children using this field," stated Janet Scullion, president of the Bloomfield Citizens Council. "They recognized the disadvantages of AstroTurf. Everyone is very pleased with the new outcome and renovations."
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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