BY JIM AUSTIN
THE COOPERSTOWN CRIER
Cooperstown Youth Baseball and the town of Hartwick have reached an agreement that will allow the organization to begin construction of its new baseball and softball facility after having to give up its home to make way for the Gateway Project at the south end of the village.
“We are glad we are able to provide a place for CYB and all local children to call home for baseball and softball,” Hartwick Town Supervisor Dave Butler said. “The townwelcomes them to play ball.”
At its June meeting, the Hartwick town board agreed to sign a lease with CYB, concluding deliberations between the two parties that began a few months ago, according to CYB President Dr. David Borgstrom.
“We look forward to many fun-filled nights of baseball and softball in Hartwick. From the beginning, the town of Hartwick has been an enthusiastic supporter of this project and committed to see it succeed,” Borgstrom said. “I look forward to our continued collaboration on this new facility.”
After losing Beanie Ainsilie Field to the Gateway Project, despite having a lease for the land from the village, and hammering out an agreement with the Clark Foundation for a parcel on Brooklyn Avenue that neighbors didn’t like, Borgstrom said he has “learned a lot about what a lease needs to have in it.”
“I’m very comfortable with the lease we worked out,” he said.
CYB’s vision includes two fields and a clubhouse on town recreation lands at the north end of Wells Avenue in addition to the existing Hartwick community field.
CYB plans to break ground next week and go to work on its first field, which the organization wants to complete this fall so it will be ready for play next season. Borgstrom said members also want to at least get the shell up for the building CYB is planning.
Plans call for a second field, but Borgstrom did not know when.
Borgstrom did not have a cost estimate for the field and building yet, but did say CYB will be looking forsupport from the community to help make the new facility a reality.
While looking for a new home, CYB has been playing at Beaver Valley Campground, the Clark Sports Center and the town’s field in Hartwick that CYB helped to upgrade.
The Hartwick community has embraced CYB, Borgstrom said. “CYB looks forward to working closely with the town of Hartwick in creating a great complex that all children of our community can enjoy for years to come,” he said.
The public is invited to attend CYB’s official ground breaking ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 11.
BY JIM AUSTIN
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