Flying Squirrels Charities has been busy creating safe, funn spaces to grow the game of baseball within the community. The projects completed so far amount to nearly $250,000 worth of investment from the charity. Here is some of the work already completed.
Flying Squirrels Charities is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to improving lives in the Richmond community. The organization launched in 2014 and since its inception has been focused on "Renovating Richmond's Recreation" an impactful community project designed to renovate 14 Richmond youth baseball facilities. Renovations for many of the fields are already underway with the assistance of Richmond Raceway Cares, Barton Malow and Henrico County Vocational Technical Education Foundation (HCVTEF).
Flying Squirrels Charities has collaborated with the City of Richmond to identify the youth fields most in need of assistance within the community. The needs of these fields are being addressed and enhanced to make each area a welcoming space to learn and play baseball. Funds for the ongoing projects are raised through numerous events during the calendar year including the Charity Hot Stove Event, Turn Left Golf Classic, jersey auctions and Nutzy's Rotary Funn Run & Block Party. Flying Squirrels Charities has the unique ability to connect the Flying Squirrels brand with the Greater Richmond community in an effort to optimize results through funn and versatile fundraising campaigns to benefit the Richmond community.
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Richmond Renovating Recreation - The Fields
The City of Richmond has identified over 14 fields that are in desperate need of repair. With the help of Flying Squirrels Charities and other community partners, already ten of theses fields have been overhauled, upgraded and revamped.
Bellemeade Field, located in the Southside adjacent to the Community Center, has been completed by Flying Squirrels Charities, Barton Mallow, Henrico CTE and Netting Professionals. Dugouts, player benches, bases and home plate were all completed. The field itself was completely installed from scratch.
Hotchkiss Community Center hosts a pair of recently renovated fields through Flying Squirrels Charities. Located just off of historic Brookland Park Boulevard, all four dugouts and benches at Hotchkiss were built with new concrete slabs and wooden overhangs.
Blackwell Field and Blackwell Community Center are located in the Southside of Richmond. The field was completely renovated and new dugouts and player benches were added. Broken concrete was fixed up by the Barton Malow and Henrico CTE crew. In addition to the baseball field, Blackwell CC amenities include a gymnasium, computer lab, kitchen, multi-purpose room, fitness area and a games area.
Powhatan Community Center is located in the far East End of Richmond. Infield drainage was fixed to prevent puddles and the complete infield renovations were finished on April 26, 2018. Dugouts and benches were added and the pitcher's mound was rebuilt. Efforts on the project came from Hourigan, Branscome, Donleys, Henrico CTE, Netting Professionals
Upgrades to dugouts, fencing and seating were made to Fairfield, located behind the Fairfield elementary school.
Both fields for this Southside location were upgraded. Concrete slabs and roofs were installed for dugouts. This is the home field for the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League (MJBL), an organization that works closely with the Flying Squirrels to promote baseball within the city.
This four-field Northside project was completed on April 16, 2018. The renovations include four new scoreboards and scoreboard control systems. Harris Electric assisted with the wiring and fixed the broken PA system. All fields are in the process of being rebuilt with new dugouts, benches and drainage on the way.
Four dugouts were completed to help revitalize this Southside complex.
Renovating Richmond's Recreation: On Deck