Baseball field study proposed in Smithsburg

November 04, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

SMITHSBURG -- A youth baseball organization is interested in creating baseball diamonds on 2.5 acres of land in Veterans Park along Water Street, a town official said Wednesday.

The Smithsburg Little Sluggers league uses two baseball diamonds behind the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co., according to Brad Nee, an assistant coach with the league.

One of those diamonds is often occupied, and some practices have to be held on a separate grassy area to accommodate players, Nee said Wednesday afternoon.

That prohibits the practice of some skills, like fielding ground balls, Nee said.

The league is interested in conducting a study to determine the feasibility of developing more diamonds on the land in Veterans Park, Smithsburg Town Manager Betsy Martin said Wednesday.


The feasibility study would be conducted at the expense of the league, Martin said.

The issue was discussed at a Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night and council members were agreeable to the study, Martin said Wednesday.

Nee said Wednesday an advantage to the proposal is that no additional land has to be purchased to create more diamonds.

Details on who would maintain new diamonds are among the issues that have to be discussed, Nee said.

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