|Pittsfield Little League Looks to Spruce Up Deming Park|
|By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff|
03:23PM / Saturday, September 22, 2018
|Greg Coscia outlined the number of projects he'd like to see done at the park on Monday.|
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Little League is looking to spruce up Deming Park.
Greg Coscia has begun conversations with the city to make a number of improvements to the park. First, the league wants to make railings leading to the scorekeeper's building permanent. Those were installed prior to the district tournament when stairs were replaced and repaired. Coscia hopes to put a taller fence behind it to make it more difficult for trespassers to get in.
"We are going to fund all of the materials and stuff," Coscia said. "We'd like to get to it before the winter but I'm not 100 percent sure if we can or not."
The Little League is also looking to create a brick walkway. It would sell bricks to the program's alumni and landscape a small area where there are currently unused flagpoles.
"We'd like to do something with it again. We'd like to do bricks and nice planting around it," he said. "It is probably 25-30 feet wide and probably 15 feet deep so you could fit a lot of bricks. It is a big area."
He said the practice field is also worn and at some point, he'd like it to be regraded and he also wants an extension to the backstop to prevent foul balls from leaving the park. He said he'd talk to a local fencing company about that.
Meanwhile the trim no the concession stand is starting to wear. Parks and Open Spaces Manager Jim McGrath directed Coscia to the city's Maintenance Department, suggesting workers there could handle that.
Another costly project down the road is to fix the drainage in the third base dugout.
In another city park, the Veterans of Foreign Wars is looking to decorate a blue spruce in Veterans Memorial Park on South Street for Christmas. Fran Tremblay said the organization wants to decorate it with LED lights and light it up at the Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony. He said the lights will use little as far as electricity and can be left on all year and it would be set to a timer to turn on at night and off in the morning.
Tremblay said an electrician has already volunteered to do the wiring but the city would need to dig a trench from the electrical source behind the monument to the tree. The VFW believes the tree will be a nice welcome to those coming into the city via South Street.