Grand Ledge Ball Fields
Grand Ledge and the surrounding area has a shortage of regulation ball fields for kids. To better ensure all kids who want to play, can play, the City with support from Grand Ledge Youth Baseball, worked to develop a phased ball field park. Phase 1 is a youth baseball field with ADA viewing access and connecting trails into Fitzgerald Park to be developed on a 10-acre parcel of city-owned land. This project will be adjacent to Fitzgerald Park. Phase II will develop two additional fields with additional ADA features to ensure greater participation and viewing. The City currently has only one youth ball field at Fitzgerald Memorial Field downtown along the Grand River. This project will allow additional kids to participate, host more regulation tournaments, and provide ADA spectator viewing.
Phase I of this project will include the development of:
- 13U/14U & up baseball field
- Minimum of three (3) paved handicapped parking spaces
- ADA connecting sidewalks from the parking lot to the field
- ADA barrier-free viewing areas
- Wheelchair-accessible picnic tables
- Barrier-free portable bathrooms
- Bioretention stormwater treatment swale
- Green privacy buffer along the southern and western boundary of the property
In 2022, the City of Grand Ledge received a grant for Phase I of the Grand Ledge Ball Field Project in the amount of $134,700 from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, administered by the Department of Natural Resources. Grand Ledge Youth Baseball, a more than 50-year-old nonprofit committed to helping young people through participation in organized activities, like baseball provided $30,000 in matching funds in support of the project.
The City of Grand Ledge has submitted a grant request to the Eaton County Parks Community Grant Program for gap funding to complete Phase I of the Ball Park project.
The Eaton County Parks and Recreation Millage was passed by voters on November 8th, 2022. A portion of these funds will be used for competitive grant programs that will support the acquisition, improvements, and/or development of parks and open spaces located within Eaton County. The Eaton County Parks Community Grant Program was created to assist local communities with planning, purchasing, preliminary engineering/design, and construction costs directly related to the park and open space projects located in Eaton County.
To learn more about the Community Grant Program, click here.
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