Perkins Township trustees find themselves needing extra innings to build a new baseball diamond at Strickfaden Park on Bell Avenue.
The township could lose grants totaling about $52,000 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources if the funds are not used by June 30, trustee Tom Coleman said.
The grants, generated through the NatureWorks Grant Project, are for $41,680 and $10,409, said Param Johar, who works with the grant program for ODNR.
The youth league fields are now at Sartor Park off U.S. 250. Building the field would allow the township to shut down those fields and sell the land, Coleman said.
Estimated cost of the proposed ball field, which would be used by youth league teams, would likely be about $100,000, Coleman said.
The ODNR grant would cover a portion of the cost, and the township earmarked another $50,000 to pay for the rest, Coleman said.
Township trustees are expected to take some action on the project at tonight’s meeting.
The site of the proposed field looks far from game-shape. On Monday little pools of water dotted the land where the field would stand. Jeff Printy, chairman of the township’s park board, does not believe the field could be ready for play this year.
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