Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Volunteers build ball field, add seating at Pike Road park

More than 70 volunteers were in Pike Road on Friday working on upgrades to a 10-acre park owned by the city that will soon be the home of a baseball field and a veterans memorial.

The city received more than $20,000 worth of materials from the Home Depot Foundation to fix up the park, which is currently being called the Old Town Hall resource park, Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone said.

Jason Schoonhoven, manager of the Home Depot on Chantilly Parkway, said he read about the new veterans memorial in the city?s newsletter, and wanted to help. From Sept. 11 until Veterans Day, the Home Depot Foundation offers celebration of service grants to communities.

Schoonhoven applied for the grant and coordinated with city officials to execute the project. About 60 volunteers from Home Depot stores all over the region, along with about 15 resident volunteers, worked on the park.

Projects included landscaping around the pavilion and veterans memorial, installing a field fence, laying sod on the field, building two dugouts, building trash can enclosures and adding seating near the memorial, Stone said.

Schoonhoven said the plan was to finish the projects by the end of Friday.

?It?s going to allow us to continue to have a connection to the center of our original crossroads community,? Stone said. ?People will always be able to go to the heartbeat of Pike Road.?

The park contains a trailhead for the Pike Road Natural Trail, the Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department station, a restroom facility, a picnic pavilion, a community garden, an unfinished softball/baseball field and a place for the memorial once it?s finished.

The city bought the property in 2006, Stone said.

The memorial, which will be unveiled Nov. 11 at the city?s Veterans Day celebration, is being funded by the Pike Road Investment in Community and Education, a community nonprofit established by the city.

Stone said that eventually the Old Town Hall facility across the street will be torn down and replaced with a replica, which will serve as a meeting house for community groups and as a small museum about the history of Pike Road.

Stefanie Duncan, who works at the Home Depot in Pike Road and lives in Montgomery, said she travels all over the region on her days off to volunteer at Home Depot community service projects.

?I like to do these projects because it gives back to the community,? Duncan said. ?It?s a place where they can actually come and have fun.?


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