KCK Parks and Recreation Named Finalist for Special Field Refurbishment Grants

The Unified Government’s Parks and Recreation Department has been chosen as a finalist for a special field refurbishment grant from the Scotts Company LLC (Scotts) and Major League Baseball (MLB). Scotts and MLB today announced the four community organizations that will be now be voted upon by fans to receive improvements to their local ball fields through an inaugural grant initiative that is part of the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program. The Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program provides youth with modern, playable baseball and softball fields in American communities of need.

The finalists for this grant are:

  • Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles, CA;
  • Austin Park field in Austin, IN;
  • City Park field in Kansas City, KS; and
  • Benson Court Baseball Facility in Passaic, NJ.

UG Parks and Rec was selected as a finalist for this opportunity from over 350 grant applications across 315 cities in 43 states seeking refurbishments for their youth fields. The four finalist organizations were chosen by a special blue-ribbon panel which included two-time World Series champion & ESPN analyst David Ross, Olympic Gold Medalist & MLB Youth Softball Ambassador Jennie Finch, World Series champion & MLB Network analyst Cliff Floyd, MLB Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations Kim Ng, Scotts Vice President & General Manager Josh Peoples and additional executives from MLB and Scotts. The panel also selected four grant winners that were announced in February.

How will the grant help parks and rec?

City Park in Kansas City is the oldest ball field in the state of Kansas. Despite being used for baseball, softball, and kickball, no improvements have been made in the last two decades. Rain and flooding have caused massive deterioration and puddles all around the field. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation is requesting this grant in order to modernize City Park field for the current and future youth players in their community.

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About the Grantees
MLB and Scotts, a long-time league sponsor, began the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program prior to the 2016 championship season to provide kids with modern, playable ball fields in communities around the U.S. This program is part of Scotts’ efforts as an official partner of the ‘PLAY BALL’ initiative, MLB’s collective effort to encourage young people and communities to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities, including formal leagues, events and casual forms of play. In its first two seasons, the Scotts® Field Refurbishment Program renovated a dozen fields and at the conclusion of the 2018 season, the program will surpass 20 fields.