The North Fork Pool, Parks & Recreation District has partnered with Hotchkiss Home Plate Baseball Association to build a baseball and softball complex to the North Fork Pool on Bulldog Street. They are currently working on a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant application to fund the project. The grant deadline is Nov. 2, and applicants would like to submit the grant early in order to receive comments from the selection committee, said NFPPP district administrator Lenore Cambria.
Due to the popularity of baseball and softball in the North Fork area, the existing fields at Hotchkiss K-8 School and at the fairgrounds are over-utilized, said Cambria. The Home Plate summer program, which attracts more than 100 participants, currently overlaps with the high school prep baseball program, making scheduling of games difficult and resulting in lost opportunities for both home games and tournaments.
Phase 1 of the two-phase project thus far has received commitments of in-kind donations for dugouts and the $35,000 10-percent cash match required for the grant application. Mesa Engineering and Randy Fender donated the plans, and also drew up plans for the facility's sprinkler system.
If the grant is awarded, construction is scheduled to begin in spring, 2018. "The goal is to get all of the programs playing in one central location," which would be possible once development of the park is complete, said Cambria.
NFPPR is seeking direction on the grant and is asking community members to take a brief survey. An online version is available at www.northforkrecreation.com, and surveys will be available at the Home Plate dunk tank during the Delta County Fair. The dunk tank, which raises funds for the program, will be open from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 10-12.
NFPPR and Home Plate meet weekly at 4 p.m. at the North Fork Pool, and the public is always welcome, said Cambria.
Due to last-minute changes, those interested in attending should call ahead and verify the time.
Survey blueprint plans will appear in next week's edition of the Delta County Independent.