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Butler joins Cincinnati Reds for Wyandotte Park Dedication

Sunday January 27, 2008

For Immediate Release
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

As a way of saying thank you for fan support, the Cincinnati Reds officially broke ground Sunday for renovations to the baseball fields at Louisville’s Wyandotte Park.

“The community is so grateful to the Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Community Fund for their on going commitment to Louisville,” said Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D) 15. “We know from their ball field improvements last year in Shawnee Park that the work they are paying for will be first rather.”

The Reds rolled into Louisville on Sunday as part of their 2008 Winter Caravan.

The Major League Baseball is partnering with Metro Parks and the Louisville Bats to help young people through its baseball outreach programs. Wyandotte Park will see the launching of the first Reds Rookie Success League in 2008.

In two years, the Red Community Fund has committed $150,000 for renovations to baseball fields in Metro Louisville.

“Because the baseball fields are right in the middle of Wyandotte Park and because they stood vacant for a few years since a little league operation went out of business, improving these fields is a key part of the overall vision for the park, says Butler.

Wyandotte Park is in the process of a major renovation effort as a master plan on future needs is being developed. A public meeting to discuss progress on the master plan will be held on Thursday, January 31st at 6:00pm. The meeting will take place at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, 1010 Beecher Street.

“The master plan we’re creating focuses on making Wyandotte Park as Family friendly as possible,” says Butler. “There is no better way to do that than getting kids back onto improved fields right in the middle of this park. We thank the Cincinnati Reds for this generous gift.”

Marianne Butler (D) 15