The City of Plattsburgh Recreation staff has announced that they will be hosting a “Care for Your City Ballfields Series”. Working in conjunction with sports leagues using the ballfields, recreation staff are organizing a series of days for volunteers to help with the maintenance on the fields. Materials are currently in the process of being delivered, and times and dates for the series will be announced shortly.
In 2016, the City of Plattsburgh adopted an outdoor field management policy stating the maintenance of the fields will be handled by the sports organizations who use them. A guide created in 2016 for the leagues to properly care for the fields is provided. City of Plattsburgh Recreation performs basic maintenance such as field grooming, refuse removal, building, facility and equipment maintenance, as well as providing some maintenance materials. Recreation staff is available to answer any questions regarding field management techniques that the leagues may have.
Currently, the Municipal Lighting Department is actively working on electrical issues at Lefty Wilson Field at Melissa Penfield Park. This will ensure that the new lights at the field are fully functional, so that ballgames can be played “under the lights”.
The City ballfields are an asset that not only benefit the City, but the entire region. On any hot summer day, you can go out for a ballgame, and see kids and adults from all parts of the County. In providing this resource for the entire County, the City of Plattsburgh receives no revenue from the use of their softball and baseball fields. The City is open and would look forward to working with other entities to continue to fund this public treasure. To help with the maintenance of this field, recreation staff is encouraging both City and County residents to join us for this community series.