The City of Milton recently purchased 13+ acres adjacent to Bell Memorial Park, with the intention of approximately doubling the size of the existing park.
The City has been in the process of planning how to use the new property for the last several months and they now have an approved schematic plan for the redevelopment of the park, and they will soon begin the process of preparing construction documents and soliciting bids for the work to be done. It is anticipated that work will begin in the park in June of 2014.
Many of you will have questions about the planning and construction process, what the new park will look like and how the redevelopment will affect the Hopewell Youth Association and our ability to continue to play baseball. We don't yet have all the answers, but below we will share some of the pertinent things that we do know.
The Spring 2014 season will be played at Bell Memorial park as it is, without interference or interruption.
The plan for redevelopment of Bell Memorial Park calls for the complete reconfiguration of the park, including removal of all of the existing facilities, and does not lend itself to phasing or ongoing use of the park during construction. Bell Memorial Park will be closed for approximately 12 months while it is rebuilt. The time frame for the park closure will likely be from June of 2014 through June of 2015. This will impact the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 seasons of HYA baseball.
HYA will field Recreational, Select, All Star and Travel teams for the Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 seasons, just as we have. The League has been working with the city to make arrangements for our games and practices to be held on other fields in the area for the seasons after May 31, 2013. The details of these arrangements are not yet final, but agreements are in place for adequate field and facility space.
If you have questions, concerns, comments or ideas regarding the redevelopment of the park, please direct them to an HYA Board member and we will address them as best we can.
The Hopewell Youth Association is proud to announce we have formalized our relationship with Auterson Baseball. Jeff Auterson and his team of coaches has been a part of what we do at Hopewell for many years. His group will be involved with practices for all recreational and advanced baseball teams at HYA. They also run a certification seminar for our coaches each season. And there are some new and exciting things in the works for the very near future. Please check out details on Jeff, his team and his program at www.autersonbaseball.com.
Welcome to the Hopewell Youth Association. In 2011 HYA celebrated our 25th Anniversary of providing youth baseball in this community! The founders of this program built it on a philosophy that includes words like character, responsibility, sportsmanship and teamwork. The Board of Directors at Hopewell and all of our coaches and volunteers continue to work to teach our children the game of baseball and all the valuable life lessons that can be learned while playing the game.
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