According to Cleveland Park Commission Stephen Glorioso, renovations to 10 dugouts on five fields at the boys complex will begin in the next few days and should be completed in early April. For renovations to take place, the Cleveland Park Commission will use money raised from the annual Brett McClendon Tournament and money from a bond approved by Cleveland. All total, the project will cost $61,800 and D Carroll Construction out of Oxford will do the work. The dugouts haven’t gone through any major renovations in almost 20 years when the tops were put on the dugouts.
“This projection will start the renovation of that park and give it a little up lift,” Glorioso said. “The McClendon group, Marty Bray, Jim Salley, Destry Harmon and several others, have donated close to $18,000 on this project because they have the McClendon Tournament. When people come back to the McClendon Tournament this year, we want them to say ‘Hey. There’s something different about your park, and we see that the money that we’re spending in your town is going to good use.’ That’s the main thing and our ultimate goal is to do all of them like that.”
The job the volunteers of the McClendon Tournament did in raising money is an example of the hard work that people in the community put into facilities of the parks. Recently, the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department volunteered its time to renovate the dugouts at Fireman’s Park.
“It’s good that we have people that care like the McClendon group and the firemen who want to give back to the community in one way or another to make the park commission better,” Glorioso said. “It takes everybody to make the park commission what it is and I can’t thank them enough for what they’re doing.”
The last two years when the city hosted the 8-year-old Boys Coach Pitch National Regional in 2011 and the Dixie Youth World Series last year, the tournaments were played at the girls complex.
Glorioso added that the work on the boys complex would enable him to have the chance to spread tournament games out to different parts of the park.
“It work would allow us to not put so much pressure on the girls complex,” Glorioso said. “We’ll be able to have close to nine fields in play. If you can dress up four more fields nice, it kind of adds an appeal to a park to get people back. You’ve only got one chance to make a first impression. With new dugouts, it gives people a chance to see they’re trying to build upon what they have and make fields better. People in the city of Cleveland can say they are putting money towards youth in Cleveland.”
Glorioso added that he would like to be able to renovate all the dugouts at Amize Moore Park.