Nampa Parks and Recreation announced today that it was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $40,000 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will support the construction of four youth baseball/softball fields at Midway Park.
The city of Nampa will begin construction of Midway Park at the end of this month. Midway Park is a multi-use park with an emphasis on baseball and softball. The first phase of the park is expected to be completed by March 2017 and will include four youth baseball/softball fields, parking and the required road improvements. This complex will benefit many children and provide opportunities for children to stay active and learn baseball skills and life lessons through the sport of baseball and softball. The grant will provide funding for masonry dugouts on the four fields.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the complex is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, near the corner of Midway Road and Smith Avenue. Parking will be available south of the intersection. Mayor Bob Henry, city officials, City Council members, representatives from the Nampa baseball youth organizations and the general public are expected to attend.
"Getting news that the city of Nampa was selected to receive the Baseball Tomorrow Grant was exciting,” Darrin Johnson, City of Nampa Parks and Recreation Director said. “It is so important that we have great partnerships with other organizations while we move forward on the Midway Park project. Major League Baseball does so much for youth throughout the world and we are thrilled to have them help our children here in Nampa Idaho. With this grant we will be able to provide a better facility for the kids.”
“On behalf of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, we are pleased to support Nampa Parks and Recreation and its effort to provide opportunities for children to learn the game,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “We are thankful to the city of Nampa for making youth baseball and softball a priority in its plans to serve this thriving community.”
The Nampa Parks and Recreation Department partners with Nampa Babe Ruth, Nampa Valley Little League, Nampa Girls Fast Pitch, and Nampa American Legion each year to provide baseball and softball opportunities to nearly 2,500 Nampa youth. The Nampa Recreation Department offers a program each summer that has more than 1,000 boys and girls learning baseball and softball skills through a recreational setting.
About the Baseball Tomorrow FundThe Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by the MLBPA and MLB in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 900 grants totaling over $30 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics. For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com and follow BTF on Facebook, Twitter and MLBlogs.