Thank you to everyone who helped to make this project a success! On volunteer day, over 250 community volunteers assisted in construction activities that included sod installation, landscaping, infield dirt spreading, painting, cleanup, and tree trimming. Some of the subsequent work performed by O.C. Jones included paving, new fencing, scoreboard installation, dugout rehab, sealing and striping courts and play area.
On Opening Day at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, children were thrilled to meet Former Major Leaguer/Oakland Native Bip Roberts, Former Major Leaguer Willie McGee, and Former SF49er Brent Jones.
Most importantly, we were proud to be able to provide a space for the Oakland Bandits Fastpitch Softball team to play. The Bandits play in honor of fellow teammate, Cynthia Rodriguez, who passed away in 2012. Born and raised near DeFremery Park, Cynthia was diagnosed with Leukemia at the first Bandits practice. During the opening ceremony, the Bandits released balloons in in honor of their teammate and friend.
In addition to the building materials provided by O.C. Jones and TLC for Kids Sports, other materials and equipment were donated by a handful of sponsors including: Ford, Leavitt Group, Berkeley Cement Incorporated, Benjamin-Moore Paints, St. Francis Electric, Delta Bluegrass, Oliveira Fence, Sportsfield Specialties, Reed & Graham, Green Growth Industries, Griffin Soil Group, Compass Engineering, and TMT Enterprises.