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MYSBL to make final push on pavers

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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A vision for the future. The Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League plan to place its brick pavers around the existing monuments at the city's North Park as a memorial to those who have invested in Monett and its youth. The league plans to use money raised from the sell of the pavers to install new backstops and add dirt to the existing infields. The MYBSL also plans to build steps down to the hill face so that visitors can have easier access to the park. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford}
The Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League (MYBSL) is making one final push to sell 300 brick pavers by Aug. 31 to pay for improvements to Monett's North Park complex.

The MYBSL is seeking to raise $50,000 to install new backstops and dirt for fields one through five.

In an effort to raise the additional funds, the MYBSL partnered with Fund Raisers LTD to produce personalized brick pavers that will be installed at the park. Each paver can be inscribed with nearly anything the purchaser wants.

A larger paver that can support a graphic or business logo along with a message will also be offered.

The inscribed pavers will be placed in the park encircling the rededication monument erected by the city in 2011.

"We hope to create an aesthetically pleasing area that will represent our community in a positive fashion," said Ken Gaspar, MYBSL treasurer. "If you have ever been to Busch Stadium and seen the pavers around the stadium, that it the same company we are working with.

"The monument and pavers will be an enduring showcase of those individuals that supported our youth," continued Gaspar. "People will be able to come to the park and show their children and grandchildren what they contributed to the community and the park."

Size and cost of the pavers are: 4" x 4", $100; 8" x 8", $200; and 8" x 8" w/logo, $300.

Replicas can be ordered, so the buyer can have a souvenir for personal display. The replica costs are: 4" x 4" replica, $50; and 8" x 8" replica, $75.

"North Park welcomes thousands of athletes and fans each year," said Gaspar. "We have one of the best facilities in the region. Monett residents take a lot of pride in their community. Its parks help embodied that pride and are a direct reflection of their care."

Over the last three years the MYBSL has raised money to improve several of the parks facilities.

New dugouts have been erected or remodeled at each of the seven fields. The concession stand and bathrooms have had heating and air conditioning added. Fields six and seven have had a new playing surface added and temporary fence has been purchased to allow for the facilities to charge admission for tournaments.

"For the last three years, Mayor Jim Orr and Park Superintendant Russ Balmas have been great to work," said Kirk Verhoff, MYBSL president. "With everyone's support we are helping to ensure that our parks benefit the youth and the city of Monett for years to come.

"None of these improvements," continued Verhoff, "would have been possible without the generosity of the city of Monett, its citizens, area business and Monett High School."

To obtain more information or receive an order form electronically, contact Gaspar at 235-1429 or email at mybsl@suddenlink.net.



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