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Youth baseball raising funds for new bleachers 

new bleachers for baseball field

Paso Robles Youth Baseball’s bleachers at Bynum Field at Sherwood Park were installed in the ’80s and are needing to be replaced for safety concerns.

Paso Robles Youth Baseball is raising funds — $10,000 to be precise — to replace the aging bleachers at Sherwood Park for Bynum Field. Paso Robles Youth Baseball Executive Board President Tom Seidel said that the main concern on the existing bleachers is safety.

“This year, one of [board’s] goals is to replace the very old, rickety, and unsafe set of bleachers on Bynum Field where our 9- to 13-year-olds play,” Seidel said. “This project is estimated at approximately $10,000. Our goal is to have them installed by opening day in March of 2015; however, this depends on funds raised by our volunteers.”

Seidel said that there approximately 500 children from 4 through 12 years of age that participate in the youth baseball from February through June each year, but the facility is used during the off season by other leagues and groups.

“If you have ever driven past Sherwood Park during those months you will notice there is rarely an open parking spot to be found,” Seidel said. “Over 75 percent of our games are played at this facility. On any given Saturday there could be as many as 15 games being played and memories being made. Over the last two years many local families and businesses have donated time, money and materials to construct an additional, much-needed field.”

There are now four fields at Sherwood Park, one is a new field, a practice field, Bynum Field and one other.

To raise the funds, Seidel said the board is looking to the community for support to raise the necessary money. He said with 500 children participating, just $20 per child would get the board to its goal. While any donation is appreciated, he said, people who donate more than $200 will get their names or business names on a plaque that will placed on the bleachers. Those who donate more than $750 will be printed on the plaque and a three-foot by five-foot banner will be hung on one of the fields.

He said the board will also be talking to Paso Robles REC and Paso Robles Youth Sports Council about grants and matching funds.

“We’re just trying to seek different avenues,” Seidel said.

The league has about 50 teams for four divisions: Shetlands for 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds, Pintos for 7- and 8-year-olds, Mustangs for 9- and 10-year-olds and Broncos for 11- and 12-year-olds.

All donations are tax deductible, as Paso Robles Youth Baseball is a nonprofit organization. Checks, made out to PRYB and “bleachers” on the memo line, may be mailed to P.O. Box 3201, Paso Robles, CA 93447. For more information, go to www.pasoroblesyouthbaseball.com or email pasoroblesyouthbaseball@yahoo.com. The organization has also started a GoFundMe.com campaign.

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