Cleats won’t touch the new baseball field at the Community Rec Park in Wellington until Spring 2017, but public works superintendent Bob Brasee thinks it’ll be worth the wait.
Despite the rainy spring put the project about a month and a half behind schedule, Brasee said the field is coming along nicely.
So far, the field has been leveled out, seeded, and Brasee knows roughly where home plate will go.
“It took us a little while to do that because we had to get so much dirt,” he said.
The new baseball field is being built on top of what used to be a brush dump. Most recently, it was where the soccer fields were before they were relocated.
The next step in the project is putting up the net backstop, which Brasee doesn’t see taking too long to complete. The net will be 120 feet wide and 20 feet tall.
The backstop will be mounted on a brick retaining wall that will be no more than three feet high.
Some of the major work that still needs done on the field is the dugouts. The structures have been ordered but Brasee still needs to dig out the hole and lay the concrete.
“I think in a week’s time I can get the backstop all set and dugout-wise I think a week on each one I could get those done,” he said.
Brasee is still waiting on the measurements of the dugouts and expects them to arrive in about six weeks.
He also plans to lay concrete for the bleachers to sit on.
“Hopefully next year all I have to do is cut out the baselines,” he said. “I want to have everything else in place by December. Once I get done it’ll probably only take us a couple weeks to finish the field as far as cutting out the grass and then putting that stone in,” he said.
By stone, he means the material that will be used to fill in the areas where he cuts out the grass.
“I’m trying to cut down on the dust with the type of dirt,” Brasee said.
But after winter hits, Brasee won’t touch the field again until dry summer weather sets in.
“I know that grass wont be ready for those kids to play on,” he said. “It’s not going to get rooted well enough over the fall. If this gets a whole year of growing it’s going to be in really good shape by the spring of ‘17.”
The last thing that will be added to the field is the portable fence that will surround it. The fence will be taken down in the off-season so the field also be used for football.
“I’m trying to make this an ideal field that everybody likes to come to and the kids like to play on,” Brasee said. “I’m trying to make it a perfect field.”
A grant from the Cleveland Indians, the the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Lorain County Solid Waste District are helping fund the project. The grants total $78,5000.
The village hasn’t had to put any money toward the new field. Brasee said his crews match ODNR’s $64,000 grant with the time and materials they put into building the field.
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Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise
Public works superintendent Bob Brasee stands near the soon to be baseball field at Wellington’s Community Park.