Thursday, April 12, 2012

Howard to help dedicate baseball field in Philadelphia


Mayor Nutter, Ryan Howard, Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to Dedicate Hunting Park Baseball Field

WHAT:                 The Fairmount Park Conservancy in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, The Ryan Howard Family Foundation and Citizens Bank Foundation will host the Hunting Park Baseball Field Dedication Ceremony on Friday, April 13 with City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Phillies’ first baseman Ryan Howard. The renovation of the Hunting Park Baseball Field is a component of the Hunting Park Revitalization Project.

                                The dedication ceremony will kick off at noon with a performance by Cayuga Elementary School’s choir. Kathryn Ott Lovell from the Fairmount Park Conservancy will lead a speaking program with Mayor Nutter, Ryan Howard, city officials, project supporters and community members. Following the remarks, the Phillie Phanatic will usher event attendees on the field for a ceremonial first pitch. The celebration will conclude with a baseball game between Hunting Park Indians Baseball League players and coaches.
WHO:                   --City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter
--Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies and The Ryan Howard Family Foundation
--Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources
--Kathryn Ott Lovell, Executive Director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy
--Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Citizens Bank President and CEO for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
--Steve Irving, Hunting Park Indians Baseball Coach
--30+ athletes from the Hunting Park Indians Baseball League
--Pennsylvania State Representative Tony Payton
--Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez
--The Phillie Phanatic

VISUALS:             --Ceremonial first pitch on the field with Ryan Howard and the Phillie Phanatic
                                --Cayuga Elementary School performing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
                                --Giant red ribbon and bow wrapping the new baseball field’s backstop
                                --New scoreboard in left center field
                                --Hunting Park Indians check presentation
--First baseball game on the new field between Hunting Park Indians Baseball League players and coaches
--Dozens of community members, project supporters and city officials

WHEN:                 Friday, April 13
Field opens for viewing @ 11:30 a.m.
Dedication ceremony begins @ 12 p.m.

WHERE:               Hunting Park Baseball Field
                                10th and Cayuga Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19140
                                (Across from Little Flower High School)

·         The renovations to Hunting Park’s baseball field is a part of the Hunting Park Revitalization Project- the $717,000 renovation is one of the first projects in phase one of the project
·         Improvements include:
o    Regrading and resurfacing the play area with new turf and sand/clay infield with warning track
o    Perimeter fencing to highlight the field new backstop, dugouts, benches, bleachers, pathways and a landscape that creates a seamless connection to the surrounding park area
o    Scoreboard: Electrical labor was donated by IBEW 98 and the Hunting Park Indians Baseball League raised 10% of the cost of the scoreboard
·         Funding for the Hunting Park baseball field has been provided by the City of Philadelphia, The Ryan Howard Family Foundation, the Citizens Bank Foundation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Growing the Neighborhood program
·         Supporters of the Hunting Park Revitalization Project: Cindy and John Affleck; Citizens Bank Foundation; City of Philadelphia; The Honorable Darrell L. Clarke; Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Convergence Partnership of the Tides Foundation; KaBOOM!; Patricia Kind; Laura and Marc McKenna; McLean Contributionship; Philadelphia Parks & Recreation; Pennsylvania State Representative Tony Payton; The Honorable Maria Quinones-Sanchez; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Ryan Howard Family Foundation; NFL Grassroots/LISC; United States Tennis Association; Edith R. Dixon; Dorrance H. Hamilton 99 Charitable Trust; FMC Corporation; Energy Coordinating Agency; and our Growing the Neighborhood sponsors ACE Group; MedRisk; NovaCare Rehabilitation; The Philadelphia Foundation - Alfred J. Lofgren & Antoinette Farrar Seymour Donor-Advised Fund; PRWT Services, Inc.; TD Bank Foundation; and U.S. Facilities, Inc.

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