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Think Detroit PAL maintaining facilities and making major renovations

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — Thanks to Think Detroit PAL, many of Detroit’s youngsters have vital fields to play on. Instead of run-down fields with tall grass, overgrown weeds, broken glass and litter, kids have clean, healthy and safe playing facilities for baseball, softball and soccer during the spring and summer.

Christopher Clough, assistant athletic director for Think Detroit PAL, oversees the field operations.

“I manage the budget for our facilities, which includes the care of 14 baseball diamonds at four parks and our soccer facility,” Clough said. “We make sure these fields are free of trash each day, drag the field weekly and chalk the fields every other day.

“We do major weed removal of many of our diamonds, called sod cutting. We also host corporate clean ups annually where corporate partners bring in their volunteers to clean up and beautify the park.”

The parks TDP cut for baseball are Peterson Field (Northwest Detroit), St. Hedwig ( Southwest Detroit), Bishop/Horton Field (Northwestern High) and Maheras-Gentry (Southeast Detroit).

But those aren’t the only fields TDP are concerned with.

“Each year we do some capital projects based on the many grants we may receive or special funding available,” Clough said.

This year TDP completed a $20,000 renovation on Dad Butler Field near Dequindre in Northeast Detroit and a $40,000 renovation on Jayne Field, another Northeast Detroit field. They also did work on Brenda Scott Field near Osborn High School. This year’s sponsors for the Butler and Field renovations were DTE Energy, Kirco, Foley & Lardner and AON. The Jayne Field Renovation was headed up by the Detroit Tigers, Chevrolet, Detroit Recreation Department and the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

Plans for next year’s field renovations include Butzel Field near Lyndon and Meyers.

For more information on how you can help TDP maintain playfields or make major renovations, contact Chris Clough at Think Detroit PAL at 313.833.1600. Donations are gladly accepted.

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