King County steps to the plate on baseball project

November 22, 2011

By Staff

Issaquah Little League players could step onto synthetic turf infields next spring after King County committed $75,000 to a renovation project at Dodd Fields in downtown Issaquah.

In September 2010, the Issaquah Little League embarked on a $310,000 project to add the synthetic turf to the infields at a pair of baseball diamonds at Dodd Fields. Construction is expected to start in January and conclude in March, in time for opening day.

The project is a collaboration among the Issaquah Little League, Issaquah School District and city officials. Issaquah School District officials applied for the grant because the Dodd Fields sit on school district land.

How to help

Donate to Issaquah Little League’s Dodd Fields campaign, and learn more about the renovation project, at the campaign website,

The program usually receives 25 or 30 applicants in a typical grant cycle. Officials announced the latest recipients Nov. 18.

“We look at community need, we look at project management — that includes scope of work, competency, timeline — we look at the budget, their match, the design,” Butch Lovelace, county Youth Sports Facility grant manager, said after the announcement. “There are a number of things that we consider.”

The county administers the Youth Sports Facilities Grant through the Department of Natural Resources and Parks. The program is funded and sustained through a one-quarter of 1 percent tax on car rentals taxes. Grants can only be used for developing and constructing facilities, and not for maintenance or operations costs.

Overall, county officials distributed $685,185 in matching fund grants for sports complexes, playgrounds and more. The county has awarded more than $11 million in grants since the program launched in 1993 — enough for almost 300 new or renovated youth sports facilities.

“Through these grants we can support the kind of activities that promote good health, build self-esteem and teach teamwork,” County Executive Dow Constantine said in a statement.

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One Response to “King County steps to the plate on baseball project”

  1. Jerry on November 26th, 2011 5:40 am

    I loved playing little league baseball. I am just not sure how taking away the chance for an awesome grass stain on your chest from tracking down a blooper is an improvement. There is nothing like mowed grass and the uncertainty of the bounce of a grounder.

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