Group hopes to “Restore the Glory” at Lincoln Park

Restore the Glory is the project of this year’s Leadership Marion class, and this week’s event will kick off the campaign to restore historic Lincoln Field and its grandstand. Organizers say this landmark needs attention to the structure and drainage of the grandstand and field, as well as more cosmetic repairs. They said that a new-and-improved park would showcase its historic value, attract tournaments and tourism, increase pride in Marion and its storied past, and provide the city’s children with a safe and attractive space for their summer baseball and softball games.

The event will be held Friday, May 20, 2016 from 5:00-9:00PM at Lincoln Field (879 North Prospect Street).  In case of rain, the event will move to Hogg Recreation Center (775 North Main Street).

The event will include a baseball and softball skills clinic for kids ages 8-12 from 5:00-6:00PM, and a home run derby featuring players from local schools at 6:15PM.  Attendees can also watch or participate in a pitch speed contest, a base running contest, or a Marion Baseball for Youth reunion.

Members of the Leadership Marion Class of 2016 will lead tours of the field and grandstand and share information, photos, and programs from past years of baseball. Several food trucks will be at the event for snacks or meals, attendees can participate in a 50/50 raffle, and children can enjoy playing in bounce houses.

There is no cost for admission, but donations will be accepted toward the restoration of the field and grandstand at several locations during the evening.

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