Little League to renovate Trumbull Park

Town Council passed a motion Monday night to fund $28,000 to Plainville Little League to help in the development of a softball field at Trumbull Park.

The field will be at Gnazzo Field, and Little League baseball games currently played there will be moved to a new field that would be built between Gnazzo and Junior fields.

Currently consisting of Thompson Field, LaBranche Field, Gnazzo Field and Junior Field, Plainville Little League Board Member Bill Bulger said in a phone interview that Trumbull Park has served as the major facility for Little League baseball games, and that Norton Park – where Little League softball games are played – is not an ideal location for the girls.

“Eighty-five percent of our baseball has been played at Trumbull Park … Norton is cut off from Trumbull; it is across town,” Bulger explained. “The girls don’t feel like they are a part of the experience, and it is hard to get parents involved and engaged when (Trumbull Park is) not where their experience is. We want everyone to have the same experience.”

According to Bulger, the whole process would be complete within one to two weeks, and the total cost of the project would be $61,890, with PLL covering $33,890 of that, and the town kicking in the remainder.

Bulger said that most of what is needed for the project already exists. The only work that would need to be done for the softball field is the development of a new infield. Also, a storage shed is needed.

The new baseball field would require – in addition to a new infield – concrete pads and fencing.

Bulger said that one of the advantages of bringing softball to Trumbull Park would be that the new field would allow the girls to host tournament games.

“There are certain requirements, such as an outfield fence and a scoreboard to host tournament games, that we don’t have at Norton,” Bulger said. So, currently “the girls can play in All-Star games, but they can’t host the game. All the games they play are on the road.”

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