Painesville City's Recreation Park Receives Grant from Cleveland Indians

Painesville residents will notice some new improvements to their ball fields this summer. Painesville City and the Downtown Painesville Organization (DPO) received $5,000 from the Cleveland Indians Charities Diamond Improvement Grant to make baseball and softball field improvements at Kiwanis Recreation Park, 301 Latimore Street.


Cleveland Indians Charities provides up to five organizations annually a grant to improve the quality of baseball fields in Northeast Ohio. The City and DPO received the funds in December 2017 and began improvements once the weather permitted this spring.


“We are elated to receive this grant from the Cleveland Indians. It’s so important for teams to take pride in their home field and be excited to play,” said Michelle LaPuma, director of public parks and recreation.


The majority of the funds were used to replace the backstop, fencing and repair the dugouts on Diamond 3. The City removed the existing backstop to help lower cost and repaired the roofs of the dugouts. The entire improvement project cost approximately $20,000, with the City paying for the balance. 


Diamond 3 is used for the Harvey High School Varsity Softball team as well as various summer leagues and pick-up games.


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