CHESHIRE – Back in the spring, Cheshire Red’s youth travel baseball program was happy to address the field conditions at McNamara Legion Field.
Before the organization began its 30th season, the city had Championship Turf Services work on all four diamonds in the 550 Wiese Road complex, and also purchased a new fence for the Mac 4 field.
This fall, the Cheshire Youth Baseball organization is running several projects ahead of the 2022 season. After discussing various ideas for McNamara, the Reds decided they would build excavations, set up cages and add a storage area for clay and dirt for maintenance. field.
During a meeting earlier this year, Red Vice President Jim Gidicsin told Mayor Sean Kimball and Cheshire Parks and Recreation Director John Gawlak that volunteers would be willing to provide labor if the city gave them a budget for materials.
“We have to wait for them to give us the green light to start making the improvements,” Gidicsin said.
The Reds hoped to talk about projects in August, but a meeting was postponed. Officials are now planning to schedule a meeting with Gawlak soon. Ahead of the discussion, Gidicsin sent a prospectus on what they want to do this year.
Gawlak said he supports improvements, but added that steps must be taken before the work can be done.
“This year, the Mac 4 field had a temporary fence installed instead of a permanent one. There is a neighborhood behind (in the park), and we want to make sure it’s okay to work there,” Gawlak said. everything is examined, we can look at our options. “
Iron Workers Local 424 in New Haven has contacted Gidicsin for help installing excavations at McNamara. Gidicsin added that one of the red leaders is an entrepreneur and wants to see if he can also get material donated.
Ahead of the meeting with the Reds, Gawlak has talked to workers about fieldwork.
“I try to be careful not to do things that offend the work of various unions,” Gawlak said.
He also wants to discuss the preservation of the field with the red organization.
“In the past, field maintenance was mainly done by volunteers. We would like to talk about working together to keep things in good condition,” Gawlak said.
Gidicsin said funding would determine how many projects the Reds can do this year, but the organization would like to install excavations over the benches on all four fields at McNamara.
“We just wanted to put a roof on the existing structure,” Gidicsin said
In their field plan, the Reds hope to put a cage between fields 3 and 4 and fields 1 and 3.
“I think the water cages would require more work than the excavations,” Gidicsin said.
Gidicsin said that a storage facility could also be built at the back of the park. He added that if everything falls into place, the Reds are looking to start work early next month.
Along with trying to get materials together, the Reds have received nearly $ 4,000 in donations since former coach Greg Mostoller died on May 5. Mostoller’s wife Theresa contacted CYB President Randy Bellair to say that she asked friends and family to recognize him by donating to the baseball organization.
“I have exchanged with her about Greg’s experience with the Reds,” Gidicsin said. “He was very passionate about working with the boys, and she felt he would have appreciated the money that went back to the program.”
Mostoller trained in the Reds program from 2006 to 2013.
If the Reds get approval for the dugout project, the organization plans to recognize Mostoller at the beginning of next season.
As part of the Cheshire Youth Basball, the reds are open to residents and students attending school in the city. In September, the program holds rehearsals.