GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT News)-- This diamond at the Grand Mesa Little League Park has seen better days. President Chris Riley says that it’s time for some fine tuning.
“Two of the backstops from that original 1963 park still exist from the 1974 move…It isn’t tall enough to be able to catch the foul balls. Additionally, it’s not long enough. It’s about 40 feet too short in length down the field,” says Riley.
The park has been home to players since 1974. Even with the safety nets, players say that balls fly over to the other fields after a hit.
“Well right now a lot of people are getting hit by foul balls and it’s just not safe,” says player Riley Snoke.
Both Snoke and Riley agree that it’s a safety hazard for spectators. Now the little league is asking for donations to rebuild the structures that need it.
“We’re trying to raise as much of that as we possibly can to have this built and the new structure installed before the start of the spring,” says Riley.
Improvements are estimated to be about $28,000, and they are looking for any help they can get.
“The actual structure will be 15 feet taller and it will have a 10 foot over hang. The dugouts will be removed from the lines of play and pulled back,” says Riley.
So if numbers are met, it could make for a home run experience for both families and players.
“It kind of makes it a little more difficult with the faults we have right now, and I just think it would help everybody in the field out a lot,” says Snoke.
Grand Mesa Little League says they’ve had a number of fundraisers already and have applied for a few grants to help with costs.
GoFundMe Page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/grandmesalittleleague