Proposed Strickfaden Park baseball diamond project gets $10,000 grant

PERKINS TWP. Perkins Township baseball boosters are a little closer to seeing a first pitch thrown a
Tom Jackson
May 24, 2010



Perkins Township baseball boosters are a little closer to seeing a first pitch thrown at a property long slated for baseball diamonds.

Township trustees accepted a $10,000 grant Tuesday forStrickfaden Park from the Wightman-Wieber Foundation.

Tim Coleman, chairman of the board of trustees, said he hopes the first baseball diamond at Strickfaden Park will be completed by July 1.

The park is on the site of the former Strickfaden Nursery, on Bell Avenue between Columbus Avenue and Campbell Street. Although construction of baseball diamonds at the 28-acre park has been discussed for years, talk hasn't been followed by action.

Coleman said the ball's beginning to roll, however. Work began a few days ago to clear away trees from the site, and a local contractor, whom he can't name yet, has agreed to perform work at the park at cost, Coleman said.

A state grant of $50,000 for the park expires at the end of December, but Coleman said the township will try to get it extended to July 1.

Pamela Hartung-Kellem, the township's fiscal officer, wrote the grant proposal to obtain the $10,000. Trustee Tom Pascoe congratulated her for her work.

"I'm very pleased we were able to get the money," Pascoe said.

Youth baseball teams in Perkins play at Sartor Park near U.S. 250, but trustees have discussed moving baseball to Strickfaden Park. Full development of Strickfaden will take many years, but the first phase of the work calls for two baseball diamonds, Coleman said. Perkins trustees have other real estate decisions looming, including whether to sell other prime real estate parcels alongU.S. 250.

The township hall, which houses the police department and township offices, has a "For Sale" sign posted in front of it. A study is being carried out on whether to build a joint police station to serve both the Sandusky and Perkins police departments.

Trustees also have discussed selling Fire Station No. 3, also located along U.S. 250, and building a new fire station on Hull Road.

The board has to decide such issues as it prepares to change members, noted Trustee Bill Dwelle.

Tom Pascoe is retiring from the board and will be replaced in January by Jeff Ferrell, who was elected Nov. 6.

"There's probably a good number of things that are going to be approached after the first of January," Dwelle said.