6/26/2017 1:32:00 PM Softball field getting updates
Marathon volunteers demo the old fountain base while others unload a truck to build a retaining wall around the batting cage near the softball diamonds in Robinson City Park. Other recent projects completed by the Robinson Girls Softball Association include new dugouts and stadium-type seating. (Tom Compton photo)
An afternoon of volunteer work by Marathon employees resulted in two more projects completed at the softball diamonds at the Robinson City Park.
Last week Marathon volunteers spent the afternoon on a community based projects at the Robinson City Park. A new base was built around the water fountain and a retaining wall was moved out two feet and rebuilt around the batting cage at the softball diamonds.
The work is just a couple of many projects volunteer from the Robinson Girls' Softball Association have done around the softball diamonds at the park.
"We have had many improvements over the last few years," said RGSA President Kip Randolph. "New dugouts for the girls has been the biggest. We have upgraded our scoreboards to all have wireless controllers. We also placed new sod on the north field to give it a pro field feel."
Each year the softball association puts money into the park that is not taxpayer money. It comes from signup fees and tournament fees.
"In just the last three years we have put over $30,000 into the softball complex," Randolph said.
Once the association places those improvements it becomes the park department's property.
"The park does a great job of maintaining the fields for us," said Randolph. "We often hear during tournaments how nice it is here in Robinson. We have over 30,000 fans and players come through just during the six week summer league program and tournaments."
Future improvements include getting proper drainage on the fields completed and placing more stadium seating.