Vernon Baseball Association funding reconstruction of Marshall Fields diamonds

Marshall Fields gets facelift

Vernon's Marshall Fields baseball diamonds will be getting a facelift, and the work is expected to be completed by the coming season in 2022.

Vernon Baseball Association sent an email to council in August offering to reconstruct both the Marshall Fields diamonds.

“The Vernon Baseball Association had discussed the urgent need to improve the two Marshall Fields ball diamonds, including the infield grass and dirt,” the email states.

“Over the years, potholes, lips and uneven sod areas have formed and caused issues/injuries.... To us this seems to be a safety issue that should be addressed and preferably before next season.”

The work includes realigning the bases to home plate, adjusting the infield grass for the baselines, increasing the skinned area, rebuilding the pitcher’s mound, removing a lip in the grass on the edge of the outfield, and grading/filling any large uneven areas.

The estimated cost of the project is $35,000. It will be completely funded by the VBA.

City council authorized the expenditure of $10,000 to install additional infield shale and modify the irrigation system.

This will be funded by the city's 2020 unexpended uncommitted reserve.

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