A new home for Wellington High School baseball games is mostly complete.
It was made possible through $78,500 in grants from the Cleveland Indians, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the Lorain County Solid Waste District.
Money from the ODNR totaled $64,000. Public works superintendent Bob Brasee said the project stayed within budget with no new money coming from the village.
The field was built on land that used to be a brush dump and most recently housed soccer fields. New concrete walkways and a brick wall surround the field with new dugouts lining the base paths. The only remaining work left is installing the outfield fence, backstop, and protective netting.
Brasee said that will be done in the spring.
“There’s no sense in doing any of that before the winter,” he said. “We’ll put all of it in right before the season starts next year.”
Brasee and his department conceptualized all plans for the field in-house. “I just planned it all in my head and it turned out how I wanted,” he said. “We dreamed it up ourselves and didn’t follow any sort of template. It was 100 percent us.”
A concession stand at the park is also set to be moved closer to the new field. That bit of work could still be done this fall and will place the building within 25 feet home plate, Brasee said.
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise The new home for Wellington High School baseball games only awaits an outfield wall, backstop, and protective netting before being complete.