South San Francisco’s Parks and Recreation Department Receives Grant From the Baseball Tomorrow Fund

South San Francisco, CA    April 2, 2016   by City of South San Francisco

Brentwood Park gets a sunny upgrade

The South San Francisco City Council, on behalf of the Parks and Recreation Department, today announced that it was recently awarded a $67,590 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF), a joint initiative of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The grant will support the renovation of the youth baseball field in Brentwood Park.

“Investing in recreational opportunities and enrichment programs is an investment in the health of our youth and community,” said Sharon Ranals, Parks & Recreation Director. “Through participation in baseball and softball, young people learn about the importance of key values like teamwork, fair play and good sportsmanship.”

Portions of Brentwood Park will undergo renovation beginning in the summer of 2016, with completion anticipated by the end of the year. The renovation includes removing and replacing all existing deteriorated play equipment, replacing the walking path with an ADA compliant pathway, adding benches, repainting existingrailings and bollards, and providing an overall refresh to the area. Receiving this grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund made it possible to leverage the limited funding available for park improvements to include a full renovation of the youth baseball field.

“The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is honored to support the City of South San Francisco’s commitment to youth baseball and softball,” said Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. “The renovation is a positive step toward additional opportunities to engage the community youth in the game, and we are pleased to be a part of this effort.”

About South San Francisco

The City of South San Francisco proudly remains The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past, redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World, with 209 active biotech companies and growing. A vibrant community of 65,700 residents, South San Francisco enjoys a high quality of life with an extensive public parks system, active library and learning programming and a dynamic, engaged community making South San Francisco a great place to live, learn, work and play.

About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by the MLBPA and MLB in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 800 grants totaling over $29 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics. For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.comand follow BTF on Facebook, Twitterand MLBlogs.

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