Non-profits form deal to make ‘field of dreams’

Pictured is an artist’s rendering of the “Field of Dreams.” (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Two not-for-profits are coming together to make a field of dreams come true.

David Karpinski, executive director of the Parkhurst Field Foundation and RJ Strauser, president of Gloversville Little League announced Tuesday that the two non-profit organizations reached a long-term lease agreement for the use of the park on Harrison Street.

“It was necessary to draft a document which acknowledges and details Gloversville Little League’s ownership of the park and the desire for our foundation to spend millions of dollars of donations to develop the park and use it as a destination for Little League-aged players for 10 weeks during the summer when GLL is not using the property for their program,” said Karpinski in a news release. “It also specifies the revenue sharing arrangement from the proceeds from the summer season back with GLL to support and sustain Parkhurst Field and their program.”

He said the mission of the foundation “is to promote and preserve Parkhurst Field, recognized as the ‘Original Field of Dreams’ and the oldest baseball grounds used by any Little League in America,” as well as “to provide enough revenue from the summer tourism season to GLL to enable local children to play on a state-of-the-art historic facility for free for generations to come.”

Strauser said the board of directors for the Gloversville Little League were unanimous in its decision to commit to the lease.

“As president of the Gloversville Little League, and with the board of directors unanimous endorsement, I have signed the necessary documents for the summer leasing of Gloversville Little League property to the Parkhurst Field Foundation in the hope of developing a state of the art baseball complex which could attract Little League All Star state finals and other tournament play,” Strauser said. “[It] will enhance the ability of all youth from the local area to engage in the great game of baseball. We are excited for the potential that this project represents for the youth of Gloversville and surrounding areas and look forward to the many exciting opportunities that this project will afford our community.”

The foundation plans to develop Parkhurst Field, creating five regulation lighted fields capable of hosting Little League teams from around the country, a premier field on the original 1906 home plate location of A.J&G. Park, a new grandstand with capacity to seat 750 people, batting cages, a concession stand and a museum on site to honor the history of Parkhurst Field and the legendary baseball greats who played there.

The facility would continue to be owned and operated by Gloversville Little League for their local baseball program and would be available for hosting travel teams after their existing season ends around July 10 each year through Labor Day.

The completed facility would bring more than 1,800 families to the Fulton County summer for the tournaments, resulting in $1.8M in direct spending at local businesses and would enable to local Little League to offer a fall program under the lights, which they are currently unable to provide for the local community.

“Both organizations would like to thank Robert Abdella of Abdella Law Offices and Mario Papa of Hodgson Russ Attorneys as well as the Schwartz Law Firm and Sgambettera Law Firm for working pro bono to craft this agreement,” said Karpinski. “It could not have been accomplished without their expertise and commitment to the project and to this community.”

To donate to the Parkhurst Field Capital Campaign, visit its facebook page or www.parkhurstfield.org

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