Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Marion Community pitches in for new dugouts

It may sound simple enough. The goal? Construct two new baseball dugouts at the Marion Town Park.. However it’s taken several months, dozens of volunteers and the cooperation of residents, Town rmployees and local businesses to see the project come to fruition.

“This was a true community collaboration.” said Tracy Stewart, Marion Baseball Coach. Stewart was one of many local forces behind the new addition.

It all began earlier this year when the Town first agreed to discuss the project. As the conversation evolved, the looming issue of funding the dugouts first needed to be addressed. It wasn’t until late this summer when the Town of Marion agreed to pay for the materials.

In addition, a local Boy Scout, RJ Sturtz, built the interior benches as part of his Eagle Scout project.
The highway department provided the necessary excavation for the foundations and floor slabs. Once completed, the army of volunteers took over.

Through several weekends of unpredictable weather and scheduling conflicts, the group managed to construct the new dugouts before the cold weather truly arrived.

Many of the Volunteers gathered to celebrate the completion this past Saturday. Although they were all glad to be finished, they were more excited to see Marion’s Youth actually enjoying the new buildings.

“I look forward to the Spring to see the faces on the kids as they enjoy the new addition to the ball fields. These dug-outs will greatly enhance the baseball experience for the kids, coaches and parents in our community not only next season, but hopefully for many generations to come.” said Stewart.

Marion Supervisor Jody Bender was on hand and praised the efforts of everyone involved. “Many Marion volunteers along with Marion employees Gary Lau, Jeff Graig and Tim Boerman, with assistance of our highway department employees, put a great deal of time and effort to make this project happen” said Bender.