SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — The Tri-Shore Little League and Spring Lake Heights Borough have made big improvements to the borough’s baseball fields, ensuring they will be in prime condition when Little League begins again this April.
Just before Christmas, renovations on the large main field [in the back] at Allaire Road Park were completed, including leveling the field and redoing the infield after it was deemed unsafe to play on due to the unlevel ground.
Tri-Shore Little League President Vincent Daino told The Coast Star that the fields had simply been worn out by use and weather over the years.
“The fields have been well maintained by the league. A lot of hard work and volunteer time has gone into keeping them in playing shape through the years. They just reached a point where professional work needed to be done to ensure player safety and bring the field up to standards,” Mr. Daino said.
The main field project was completed jointly with the borough Little League at the cost of $9,800; $5,900 were contributed by the borough and $3,900 were contributed by the league.
“We are very grateful to the borough administrator, borough DPW superintendent, mayor and borough council for the contribution to the field improvements as a part of the overall park improvement project,” Mr. Daino said.
Since completion, Mr. Daino said, the Allaire Road field looks “brand new.”
“The work was done by a professional firm that specializes in ballfield renovations. We are very excited for the kids to play on it,” he said.
Mr. Daino said that the league will also be replenishing the dirt fields at Allaire Park for the softball teams.
Tri-Shore Little League teams play games at both Allaire Road Park, Marucci Park in Spring Lake as well as the tee-ball field at Baltimore Park in Sea Girt. Players in the league must be from [or attend school] in Spring Lake Heights, Spring Lake or Sea Girt.
Mr. Daino said there will also be improvements at Marucci Park, including improvements to the main field there as well as new netting on the softball field as a safety precaution. Scoreboards will also be replaced both at Allaire Park and Marucci Park.
“We will be replacing the scoreboards at both Spring Lake Heights and the softball field at Marucci. We will also be refurbishing the dirt field at Allaire as well as making some much-needed field improvements to the main Marucci field. The board is also getting quotes to install safety netting or fencing for the backstop at the softball field at Marucci. This is a project that has long been needed. We will also be enlisting community volunteers to clean and paint the dugouts at both locations.”
Mr. Daino said he was unaware of any plans for the Borough of Spring Lake to contribute to the Marucci Park field improvements, but said “We certainly would welcome the help,” as he hopes that Little League can be a big factor in the return to a semblance of normalcy.
“The field and facility improvements represent a lot of hard work, countless hours of volunteer dedication, and a great deal of community generosity over a long period of time. Coming off of what has been a very rough year for everyone, I look forward to opening day on April 17 and a return to normalcy for our communities,” Mr. Daino said. “I think Little League can play a big part in that in 2021.”
Tri-Shore Little League is seeking sponsors to advertise on its scoreboards, outfield fences and uniforms. Any local businesses that would like to contribute can get information by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Player registration for the 2021 season is currently open and can be accessed at https://trishorell.sportngin.com/register/form/754836737
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