Pittsylvania Co., VA - Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation is on the home stretch to get two new baseball fields.The department will be awarded with a $32,000 grant to install the fields behind Gretna Middle School.
Pittsylvania County Parks and Rec. was recently notified that they will receive the grant from the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust and department director, Mike Moor,e is very excited about it.
Moore started the department three years ago with a goal to address the lack of recreational facilities in the County. He said they have about 150 kids involved in Gretna Youth Sports, and they need more places to play and practice.
But the project is more than just adding two new baseball fields. Moore plans to add a football field, walking track, playground, and picnic shelter behind the school.
He said he wants to turn those bare fields behind the county's middle schools into more of a park-like atmosphere.
"It shows that we care, that we care about the role that recreation and athletics can play in a child's life. The fields will attract more kids to play and I think it will be a great benefit to the community," said Moore.
The two new baseball fields are expected to be complete by the fall.
Pittsylvania County Parks and Recreation is also planning similar projects at Tunstall and Dan River Middle Schools.