The facilities available to youth baseball and softball players in Rock Ledge Park are in desperate need of upgrades. The lights on the legion field are well beyond their lifespan, failing to provide the necessary illumination required for safe play because they supply only a fraction of the footcandles (illumination) recommended for such use. For example:
The industry standard for illummination on the pitcher's mound is 66 footcandles. Current lighting provides 11.
The position behind home plate should be 44 footcandles. Current lighting provides 9.
Third base should be 39. We have 9.
The conditions are so dim that the children will not be allowed to play on the field at night until improvements are made. City government has said they do not have any money for enhancements. New lights will cost $250,000.
Lighting on the little league/softball diamond, removed decades ago, is needed to offer expanded recreational programming in the evening hours, which would allow more parents to attend games. The number one request of parents in recent history is to have games offered in the evening so they can get there after work. Putting lights back on the little field in Rock Ledge Park, estimated to cost $100,000, would allow varied game times in the evening. Virtually every community has lights on their fields, except Seymour.
Field maintenance is an increasing challenge without the proper machinery to prepare the playing surfaces. Storage facilities are aging and in disrepair. Many common baseball facilities, such as dugouts (Lake Park), are completely lacking.
The City of Seymour Open Space and Recreation Plan, prepared by the Seymour Park Committee and the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission in July of 2010, identified current needs for the city. Lighting on the baseball/softball fields in Rock Ledge Park was identified as a priority need "based on the age of current fixtures." While the commission realized that all projects could not be addressed in a 5 year period, it encouraged the city to keep a long-term commitment to undertake them "at some future date." Yet no action has been taken by anyone since then.
The recreation plan recognized that "some of the projects identified in the action program are well lent to the use of volunteer effort by community-spirited groups and service organizations." We are the "community-spirited group" seeking to address a condition that has been ignored too long. We are also a "service organization" by definition because of our 501(c)(3) status - tax ID 46-4381152. Won't you consider helping?
Donations can also be made in person at Nicolet Bank in Seymour. A facilities improvement/lighting account has been established.