It’s a long way until Opening Day, but Little League of Granville needs the community’s help now rather than later.
A work day event has been scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the fields, which are off Glen and Columbus streets, to deal with the damage left by the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene more than two weeks ago.
Little League board member Mike Emond said that while the fields were not severely damaged, the water brought with it lots of debris that remained when the flood receded. The plan for Saturday will be to remove all the debris and clear trapped material out of the fences.
Officials are hoping for a large turnout to clean up the 20-acre site. Players, parents, coaches and managers, former players, and anyone else who has ever used the area are urged to come down and help out. Rakes, shovels and other yard work tools are needed as well. Several people are planning to come with small tractors, mower-drawn carts, and wheelbarrows to move the debris off the fields, and more are welcome.
The concrete barriers placed along the east side of the complex prevented the rush of water from scouring out holes or moving topsoil as it did in many other areas. The grass that has grown on the newly leveled half of the park prevented soil loss, as the water flowed across it. The most severe damage was the loss of the No. 7 field’s fences.
The pitching/batting building, erected last year on the Quaker Street side of the complex was not damaged. League officials are hoping that a volunteer crew can be assembled to put a permanent roof on the structure before winter. The fields on the west side that were used this past season suffered the worst. Gravel from the road was washed that far and left behind, while the water scoured the fine material on the infields and
washed it away. Second base on one field is six inches above the ground around it. All of the infields will have to rebuilt. Grassy areas of the outfields have mounds of gravel on them that will have to be removed. “It’s going to be a tough job to clean all this up,” Emond said after a recent inspection. “But if we get a lot of people here on Saturday, we can take care of the worst of it.”