When this project was first announced two years ago, a small group had formed a non-profit corporation, Walk Park Inc., and their goal was save Wald Park. As the board of directors grew, the vision broadened and it became a larger project to make Wald Park a state-of-the-art sports facility and utilize that facility to restart baseball and softball activities for the entire community. The board members decided to create a park complex that would complement the community as a whole and provide an athletic facility that would be available for community sports events.
Fundraising began in the Fall of 2015 and in a short time they have raised over $400,000 in donations, pledges and gifts. Those efforts, when added to the expected proceeds from the sale of donated real estate, results in net assets of over $500,000 for the park rebuilding project.
The board of directors of Wald Park Inc. is excited to announce, and to invite the public to, a ground-breaking ceremony at Wald Park on August 27th, 2016 at 11:00am. All donors, community leaders, and the general public are invited to join the board members at this event. There will be a formal ground-breaking ceremony and an old-fashioned ballpark celebration for the kids, complete with hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker-Jacks, bubblegum, and other give aways for those in attendance. Historical memorabilia highlighting the rich history of Wald Park will also be on display while we start a new, exciting chapter of Wald Park history.
The mission statement of Wald Park Inc. is set forth in their corporate records as follows:
”To establish, operate, and maintain a first class sports complex where the youth of Maysville and surrounding communities can compete in baseball, softball, and soccer. We will foster competition at all levels with our focus on instruction, discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, honesty, and integrity”.
This ground-breaking comes after two years of hard work, with the stated goal in mind, and the board of directors leading towards it in a steady and planned manner.
The park has been cleared of its old fencing, light poles and other debris and this blank canvas will now be the site of two new baseball fields, a softball field and a soccer field, as well as a new pavilion complex providing concessions, bathrooms, changing rooms for officials, and a second floor viewing/announcing area.The board has also started the initial steps to ultimately bring Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken-affiliated organized baseball and softball leagues to the community. They hope to capitalize on local interest in the Maysville and surrounding communities to eventually host baseball and softball tournaments.