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Cal Ripken, Jr. Opens New Athletic Fields


By Rosie Garcia, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Major League Baseball Legend Cal Ripken, Jr. hosted a youth baseball clinic at Global Communications Academy on Wednesday to celebrate the official opening of three new athletic fields in Hartford.

 

Thanks to donation from the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

 

The fields feature an all-weather, low maintenance synthetic surface and will accommodate softball, baseball, football, and soccer, city officials said. The fields are located at Global Communications Academy at 85 Edwards St., Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School at 280 Plainfield St., and at Hyland Park at 355 New Britain Ave.

 

“It is an honor to host Cal Ripken Jr. in Hartford and to give our young residents an opportunity to learn from this baseball legend. We are grateful to him and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation for being our strategic partner in building three fields in the Capital City. These sacred community spaces will benefit many young residents and families, promoting physical exercise and activity for years and years to come,” said Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.

 

The city funded the total cost of the three new, multi-purpose artificial turf fields. Officials authorize $1,865,000 for Hyland Park, $1,700,000 for Annie Fisher, and $1,300,000 for Global Communications. The total investment was almost $5,000,000.

 

This brought the total investment in park infrastructure to $17.6 million since 2010.

 

The partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is part of the organization’s national Youth Development Park initiative, which aims to develop unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf to provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States.

 

“It is amazing to look back and see how far we have come in the past 14 years,” said Cal Ripken, Jr. “Without the continued support of our partners, none of this would have been possible. Thanks to them, we can continue to expand our reach across the country and make a lasting impact on our youth.”

 

There are currently youth development parks operating in Maryland, Texas, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Minnesota.

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A Splendid Cal Ripken Playground for Hartford Breaks Ground


By Fran Wilson,  Staff Writer

HARTFORD —  City Officials said Hartford is getting something it “truly” deserves: a vibrant playground for children. Thanks to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

On Tuesday, Mayor Pedro E. SegarraSen. John Fonfara and other guests officially marked the beginning of construction in the City’s Clay-Arsenal neighborhood, the poorest section of the city. Construction is scheduled to be completed by spring 2014.

CALRIPKEN--youthdevelopmentOfficials said that the facility is one of three new youth recreation parks built in partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, which features an all-weather, low maintenance synthetic surface and will accommodate softball, baseball, football, and soccer.The other parks will be located at the Annie Fisher Montessori Magnet School at 280 Plainfield St., and Hyland Park.

So far, the city has spent  $4 million of this year’s capital improvement budget for the construction of the three parks, bringing the total investment in park infrastructure to $17.6 million since 2010, officials said. In addition to ongoing upkeep and ADA compliance features, parks across the city underwent restoration this summer including; Cronin Park Playground, Goodwin Park Pond House,  Hyland Park Playground, Keney Woodlands Playground, Pulaski Mall Playground, Sigourney Square Playground and Willie Ware Playground.

The partnership with the Foundation is part of their national Youth Development Park initiative, which aims to develop unique, multi-purpose, low maintenance fields with synthetic turf to provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for underserved young people across the United States. There are currently youth development parks operating in Maryland, Texas, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Minnesota. T “When we started the Foundation twelve years ago, we wanted to help kids and pay tribute to our dad,” said Cal Ripken, Jr., Baseball Hall-of-Famer and co-founder of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.  “However, we never imagined we would be able to do so much for kids across the country.  We now have a model that we are bringing to many other communities.  I want to thank all of the people who helped make this possible and we are thrilled that children in Hartford will benefit from this wonderful field.”

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation helps build character and teach critical life lessons to young people through baseball and softball themed programs. The organization has set a goal of building 50 or so youth development parks across the country in communities like Hartford.

“Baseball is more than a great pastime and good exercise for children and their families. It is an activity that provides young people with coaches and other positive role models while teaching them teamwork and lessons they can carry with them for the rest of their lives,” said Sen. John Fonfara.

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