Lately, there hasn't been a lot of positive talk or happy news coming from the fields where plays. They were the site of and , but over the weekend a crew of parent volunteers spent time on a makeover they hoped would turn over a new leaf.
The dugout where was found got a fresh coat of paint, new benches and a fence adjustment, with all the materials coming from local business donations.
"Today we got a bunch of equipment donated by various local businesses to totally revamp both dugouts over there," Rosemont Little League President Tina Klostermann said. "It's a huge donation–something we wouldn't be able to do."
Home Depot, Lowe's, Target and Redi-Gro Corporation donated materials, and several local eateries donated food for the volunteers (see the full list below). Volunteers also planned to plant a Purple Crape Myrtle tree in remembrance of Jessica, but had to push that back until they could check the irrigation layout.
"I think it'll make the kids feel a lot better coming out here and seeing something completely different than the last time they came out here," parent volunteer Lori Kennedy said.
Kennedy said the league has been contacted by parents "who had kids here 20 years ago" and leagues in neighboring communities, asking if they can help.
"It goes way past baseball," she said. "It's the whole community coming out to support each other."
This weekend, the league received donations from the following businesses:
- Target, 10881 Olson Dr.
- Lowe's Home Improvement, 3251 Zinfandel Dr.
- Home Depot, 8000 Folsom Blvd.
- , 3551 Bradshaw Rd.
- , 9137 Kiefer Blvd.
- 9129 Kiefer Blvd.
- , 3547 Bradshaw Rd.
- , 9261 Folsom Blvd., Suite 700
- Redi-Gro Corporation, 8909 Elder Creek Rd.
Rosemont Little League's opening day parade and games will be on Saturday. The parade will start at 8 a.m. in the parking lot.
Disclosure: Rosemont Patch is a sponsor of Rosemont Little League.