Dear Baseball & Softball Families,
I want to get this very important update out to you about the Warren Municipal Baseball & Softball Field renovation. After personally working on this for many years, the time has finally come to start the work this summer on the five municipal fields!
We are so very thankful for all the love and support you have put into this effort. There have been many hands involved in this project from the very beginning of discussions through the numerous long meetings and emails. It is amazing to have wonderful baseball & softball families support this huge undertaking. We have had a player use her Bat Mitzvah to fundraise, WBSI hosted a Hit-A-Thon, hundreds of residents donated to the WBSI GoFundMe, and local companies have pitched in as well!
The construction project is slated to begin after our Recreation Program season is over on June 11th. The fields will be under construction through the summer with the expectation to be back playing on them for the Fall 2022 season.
This project started in 2017.
To give you an idea of the work and support required, below is a snapshot of how this renovation project unfolded:
2020-2021: Families donated through various fundraising campaigns
Spring 2020: Donation of spring rec league registration fees (due to the cancelation of the spring 2020 season)
2021: GoFundMe created (raised ~$14,000)
June 2021: WBSI hosted a well attended Homerun Derby
(raised $14,253.20 with approx. 75-100 children participating)
2020-2022: Proceeds from the Snack Shack and apparel sales
Fall 2020: WBSI met with the township to review the Petillo’s plans. It was determined that more specifications were needed on the plan
KEY CHANGES TO NOTE FOR THE SUMMER OF 2022:
All Warren Municipal Baseball & Softball Fields will be unplayable.
The Summer Travel program softball teams will play games away or at the Warren Middle School, Greenwood Meadows or Mobus Field in Watchung, NJ.
The Summer Travel program baseball teams will play games away or at Watchung Philips Fields or the Warren Middle school.
Thank you to the families of Warren Township and Watchung for your generous support in money and time. This is a labor of love for our communities and collective desire to bring the love of the game, sportsmanship, and positive team building to our future generations.
Families like you help make our league possible, ensure that our children are well cared for, learn the game, have a safe place to play, and guarantee that we can offer scholarships to children and their families who could not, otherwise, afford these life-enhancing activities.
And we want you to be an active member of our community too - we are volunteer intense and would love for you to experience the joy of helping a child learn the game. Just indicate your interest at our website or email me
With our sincerest thanks and gratitude,
and the 2022 Board of Trustees
Along with the much needed drainage system and updates to overall field infrastructure. The following enhancements will be made to the respective area of the facilities. Thank you to all who contributed their time and money to make this a reality.
- Add a bullpen on right field side on grass
- Helmet caddies
- Dugout covers with WBSI logo
- Home plate & mound tarps
- Add batting cage
- Add a new scoreboard in RF
- Raise fencing for dugout covers
- Adding bleacher on 3rd base side
- New construction storage box
- Replace scoreboard
- Portable fence
- Repair end covers on dugout benches
- Re-do area behind 3rd base bleachers
- Repair/replace asphalt area by bleachers
- Add a bullpen behind dugout
- Add new scoreboard in RF
- Repair electrical
- WBSI logo on building
- Recycling cans
- Picnic tables w/ sponsor names
- Paint exterior
- Repair refrigerator
- Discard unused storage box
- Golf cart/ Utility cart
- Run electric to cart shed
- Discard unused storage box by M2
- New switches for M1/M2 lights