Emily De Vito
Updated: September 25, 2020 02:24 PM
Created: September 25, 2020 12:08 PM
WATERVLIET – The coronavirus pandemic could not keep the Tri-City ValleyCats from doing its annual 4 in 24 Project.
Volunteers got up early Friday to renovate the City of Watervliet softball field.
"I was taking to the coordinator of the softball field, and they actually said they had to spray paint around areas to show where the bases should've been and it was awful," said Watervliet Mayor Charles Patricelli about the field on the corner of 14th Street & 2nd Avenue.
As part of the project, the Tri-City ValleyCats and their partners, BlueShield of Northeastern New York and Hannaford Supermarkets, normally renovate four youth fields in 24 hours. However, due to the pandemic they spread out the renovations, so they could social distance and have safety protocols in place.
They started their first field in Stillwater in June, and the field in Watervliet is the final project.
"We pulled up the old turf here, we're going to put down infield mix throughout the entire footprint here so this will end up being essentially a brand-new softball field," explained Tri-City ValleyCats General Manager Matt Callahan.
While the fields took longer to complete this year, Callahan said it is more important than ever to make a positive impact in communities.
"If we can, give them an opportunity to get out and have fun on a field like this and encourage kids to participate in team sports when it's safe to do, so I think that's incredibly valuable," said Callahan.
This is the 10th year for the project, which makes the field in Watervliet the 40th field to be completed.
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