A month after they initially refused to consider providing basic maintenance, city officials appear now ready to accept assistance from a national retailer to make upgrades to the ball field at Huron Park.
"When we do activities with Home Depot we have meetings to plan the activities," Sandusky city manager Nicole Ard replied to an email from resident Tim Schwanger, who has been working to get the park fixed. Ard said a meeting with Home Depot would be scheduled.
Schwanger, a waterfront watchdog and city activist, said Home Depot wants to make the upgrades July 25.
"They plan on repairing/painting the fence, install gates near the dugouts and install a dugout on the west side, third baseline," Schwanger said.
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City commissioners Julie Farrar and Jeff Smith chided commissioners Diedre Cole and Wes Poole for asking Ard to send a work crew to the park to drag the ball field, which was overgrown with weeds and stones. The city couldn't spare a work crew for the job, they said, because city finances were so tenuous and crews were removing "dangerous trees" from areas of the city.
But a work crew did go to the park in early June the same day the Register published a story about the disrepair and lack of maintenance at the park, which includes a mangled backstop fence and other safety hazards. The city crew made short work of the effort, dragging the infield in about an hour, or so.
About 30 kids have been using the field since summer break began, for pickup games and for team practices.