Letter to the Editor: Bedford Babe Ruth Supports Sabourin Field Improvements

Submitted by Katherine Tecci, for the of Board of Directors, Bedford Babe Ruth Baseball Softball

As active members of the Bedford Babe Ruth Baseball Softball community, we are writing to express our support for the proposed investment to replace the turf field in our town. As a baseball and softball league, our programs will have minimal use of this turf replacement.  However, it is important to note that this initiative aligns with our organization’s mission to foster and promote recreational activities for children while addressing crucial concerns regarding field accessibility and maintenance.

Bedford Babe Ruth Baseball Softball stands behind the principle of supporting diverse recreational opportunities for our youth. We believe that investing in facilities like the turf field not only enhances the overall experience for players but also encourages participation in physical activities, both structured and unstructured.

One of the key advantages of the turf field is its ability to withstand adverse weather conditions, particularly heavy rainfall, which is something that plagues baseball and softball fields throughout the town. Unlike natural grass fields, which often become waterlogged and unusable after rain, the turf field offers a reliable playing surface, enabling our community to get back on the field swiftly and resume their activities. 

Moreover, the utilization of the current turf field underscores its importance within our community. With approximately 1,500 hours of usage per year, it serves as a hub for various sporting events and activities, accommodating a wide range of age groups and skill levels. Replacing the turf field is not merely an upgrade but a necessary investment to maintaining a standard of recreational facilities that our town deserves.  Bedford is already challenged with not having enough field space for the many sports teams, and without this investment we would set ourselves further back.  A grass field in the same location, and its exposure to weather, would result in a substantial reduction in available use.  

Furthermore, the turf field plays a pivotal role in preserving the condition of other grass fields maintained by the town. By diverting a sizable portion of the playing hours to the turf field, we reduce the strain on natural grass fields, mitigating the risk of overuse and damage. 

We hope that you will join us in voting “Yes” on March 25th in support on the Capital Expenditures article to replace and upgrade the turf at Sabourin Field.

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