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Skaneateles Lakeshore Baseball and Softball sells engraved bricks to fix up ball fields

Project to include refurbishing Austin Park diamonds, building concrete dugouts

Drawings of the dugouts to be built at Sims Field in Austin Park. The dugouts include a band of engraved bricks which are being sold to raise money for construction costs.

Drawings of the dugouts to be built at Sims Field in Austin Park. The dugouts include a band of engraved bricks which are being sold to raise money for construction costs.

The project will be expensive, so Lakeshore reached out to community organizations and are raising funds through an engraved brick-selling campaign.

Though they won’t know the total cost of the project until they decide on a contractor, the fundraising goal for the engraved bricks is $20,000 generated from selling about 200 bricks, the Gadjos said.

The town, village and the Parks and Recreation Council of Skaneateles (PARCS) have all agreed to give $10,000 each to the project, on the condition that Lakeshore is able to raise the funds to round out the costs for construction.

Lakeshore will contribute a couple thousand dollars from its general fund and an anonymous private donor has agreed to give $5,000 to the project.

Local architect Bob Eggleston has also donated his services to the project including drawing up plans and presenting them to the village planning board at Nov. 7 meeting.

The donations from the village and PARCS will come from the Duke Schneider fund. Schneider, a long-time Skaneateles resident, left $450,000 in his will to be given to the village, school district and PARCS with the instruction that it be used solely for improving and repairing the parks and recreation facilities in Skaneateles. So far, the village has only used $10,000 of that money, to help fund the construction of the Cameron Kenan memorial playground in Austin Park.

The engraved bricks come in two sizes, costing $125 and $200. They will be made a part of the rear wall of the dugouts.

Assuming the money is in place, contractors will come in to do the work this spring as soon as the ground is thawed and dry. The work will be done on one diamond at a time so as to not affect baseball and softball games, Rob said.

Having three diamonds, as opposed to two, available for Lakeshore games will create less wear and allow more flexibility in scheduling. Plus they hope having nicer facilities will help to encourage more children to sign up and play, the Gadjos said.

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