Reds Announce Wyandotte Baseball Field Renovations
Sunday January 27, 2008
The Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Bats and Metro Parks held a ceremony at Wyandotte Park on Sunday in which the organizations announced a large-scale renovation of the baseball fields at the park, located near historic Churchill Downs.
In addition, Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz announced that 2008 will be the inaugural season for the Reds Rookie Success League, paid for by the Reds Community Fund. The renovation to the ballfields and the new youth league represent a two-year, $150,000 investment by the Reds.
The league that is set to begin at Wyandotte will be the first Reds Rookie League outside the state of Ohio.
Among those attending the ceremony were Heitz; Metro Councilwoman Marianne Butler, D-15th; Louisville Bats president Gary Ulmer; Reds Manager Dusty Baker, outfielder Ryan Freel and broadcasters Thom Brennaman and Jeff Brantley; and mascot Mr. Redlegs.
The Reds Community Fund is the official non-profit organization of the Cincinnati Reds, and is dedicated to improving the lives of youth through baseball-themed outreach efforts. Since 2001, more than 25,000 children have benefited from the Reds Rookie Success League, youth baseball and softball funding, field renovation, and other efforts.