Donation to go toward Little League upgrades

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Sealy Little League is by far one of the most popular youth programs in the community, and thanks to a local donor, upgrades are underway at B&PW Park.

Bill Burttschell, representing Little League, told the Sealy City Council during a recent meeting that he views the opportunity as a “win-win” situation.

“The Little League has a chance to improve the fields over at the park,” Burttschell told the council during a Dec. 11 meeting. “The one in the back, I played there when I was 6 years old so I think that kind of gives you an idea about how old some of those fields are.”

Burttschell added that a “sizeable donation” of about $400,000 or $450,000 has been offered for the project, so while the city would be involved in maintenance, there’s no initial cost to the taxpayers. Improvements will be made to the fields, including adding vinyl and “crowning,” which involves contouring the slope of the infield in order to promote the runoff of surface water. A brand new irrigation system will be installed on the pee-wee field and T-ball field, which are the most heavily used.

“It would help the drainage that we have on those fields,” Burttschell said. “The irrigation has been patched two or three times in the last couple of decades. We have a chance to basically renew the fields.”

In addition, contractor Matt Webb plans to grade the road where water tends to collect, install sod and add a “skin” to the infield.

“We hope there are enough funds to put a little playground between the substation and the T-ball field and fence it in so the kids aren’t running across the street trying to get to that playground, which has been a problem in the past,” Burttschell added. “It’s a win-win for the city, and we think it’s a good deal. It’s something that needs to be done. It can be done and ready for the spring. We’re fortunate to have people who are willing to help out on this project.”

The work is expected to be complete by March 1.

Eventually, Burttschell said, Little League may approach the council about doubling the size of the restrooms and adding air conditioning.

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