By Carolyn Marnon – State Representative Robert Kosowski procured a $100,000 grant from the State of Michigan to help with the development of parks and recreation in Wayne. The grant was to be used for an athletic facility; the baseball fields at Forest Park were chosen for improvement.
“We are honored to be playing on these fields. We love them,” said Wayne Baseball Association board member and T-Ball commissioner Erika Cox while attending a Wednesday evening game at the new field. She said Wayne baseball is reaping the rewards from the grant.
“It was an honor to get this grant for the children of Wayne. Seeing the joy they have in playing at this improved ball field is wonderful, said Rep. Kosowski. Improvements to the fields included state of the art bases and removal of 4 inches of existing material on the fields that was then refilled with new material. All three ball fields were improved. A 4th field was also added-a T-Ball field with slide safe athletic material rather than grass. There is an existing T-Ball field still within the park that has been neglected. The Wayne Baseball Association had been trying to find sponsors to make improvements at that field.
All are welcome to come out to the games. The teams will be playing through the end of the month. T-Ball and Pinto teams play on Tuesday and Thursday. Mustang, Bronco and Pony teams play on Monday and Wednesday. Games start at 6:00 p.m. and are usually over by 9:00 p.m.
There will be a Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 30, at 11:00 a.m. There will be a bouncy house, face-painting, cupcakes, walking tacos, and a raffle.