South Hardin Sports in Cecilia is getting a face lift.

Board President Mike Bell said the goal at South Hardin is to provide youth in the community a fun and safe environment to not only learn, but enhance their baseball and softball skills on the field.

To help achieve that goal, the board hooked arms and decided to renovate the facilities. Bell said they are completing updates on the dugouts, fencing, parking, bathrooms and infields. He said the last upgrades to the ballpark would have been prior to 2008.

“We’re excited about where we are at and also where we are heading,” he said, noting when he joined the board two-and-a-half years ago the vision was children first. “Let’s make it about the kids and give them an environment they can be proud of.”

Bell said the renovations also will aid in their goal to host tournaments at the ballpark for travel ball and other leagues. Recently, he said they were asked if the park would entertain a kickball league.

Bell said several sponsors and donors, such as Andy Wilkins and Mark Harris, Vessels Roofing, Taul Equipment, MVP Garden Center, Dixie Yard Works, J&J Lumber and Waddell’s, have significantly helped with the 2020 renovations.

“It’s just been cool to see the community help our park,” he said.

Through the generous donors, Bell said it’s been minimal on what the park has to pay out, saving them thousands and thousands of dollars.

“These guys are putting in their time and material for free for us. It’s just good people in Hardin County,” he said.

The plan is to have renovations completed by the beginning of March prior to the start of spring ball.

Facility Director Trapper Williams, who Bell said has taken the lead on the renovations, said a cleanup day will be­gin at 10 a.m. Feb. 29. Should it rain, it will be moved to March 7. He said there will be hot dogs and more, allowing a chance for children and parents to get involved.

“It is driving home getting people here to see what is going on and to build those friendships,” Bell said.

Along with the ballpark being a place for children to have a safe place to play and a good environment, Bell said it’s also a chance for them, and the parents, to make lifelong friends.

Registration is open for the baseball and softball leagues at the ballpark. For information, go to southhardinsports.org.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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