Back in April, Donna Bovee, chair of the town’s recreation commission, spoke at a Town Council meeting about the importance of improving the Sage I softball field, the Percival Park soccer field and the Scalise Field restrooms.
“All of you, especially the Town Council field committee, have heard numerous times about the conditions of the field and the much-needed renovations for the safety of the kids playing on them,” Bovee said.
Councilors agreed that upgrades were necessary, and voted unanimously to appropriate $1 million in bonding for the improvements.
Several months later, work has begun at Sage I, home of the Berlin High School softball team. When the project is complete, Sage I will have a new drainage and irrigation system, scoreboard, clay infield, sod outfield, backstop and fencing.
Said Bovee, “This is an exciting investment for the Berlin High School Redcoats softball team, along with the younger generations who participate in softball. We thank the Town Council, parents and other supporters and look forward to the installation of a first class softball field that enhances Berlin Pride.”
Town Councilor JoAnn Angelico-Stetson said she’s “delighted” the Sage I makeover has begun.
"I am delighted the softball field upgrade is finally being realized! These improvements are the result of the activism of girls and women in our schools and community, working in unison with our wonderful Parks and Rec. Department, who, for years, have voiced their concerns and requests for funding, without success. Up until now. The entire community, and most certainly our female athletes, will benefit from their persistence. All involved should be proud of their efforts."