Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Leave It Better: Field of Dreams: Heavily-Used Sports Fields in Boston Get a Much-Needed Structural Facelift

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Leave It Better: Field of Dreams: Heavily-Used Sports Fields in Boston Get a Much-Needed Structural Facelift

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Project:

Teddy Ebersol's Red Sox Fields at Lederman Park, Boston, Mass.

Problem:

Popular, yet aging fields in a prime location on Boston's historic Esplanade were often waterlogged because of poor irrigation. The area needed a permanent solution to maximize the space while fixing structural problems of the damaged and uneven fields originally constructed in 1951.

Partnerships:

Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner jumpstarted the effort of reconstructing the fields on state park land to honor the memory of Edward Teddy Ebersol, a 14-year-old Red Sox fan and son of sports journalist Dick Ebersol, who died in a plane crash in 2004. The Red Sox Foundation, Hill House and The Esplanade Association--all non-profit organizations--worked together in cooperation with Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to breathe new life into the old fields.

Solution:

Dave Nardone, senior associate at Geller

Devellis, the company that redesigned the area, said that little had been done to the crumbling 1950s structure in its lifetime. After tackling the basic issues of rebuilding the fields with proper drainage and irrigation systems, the fields were equipped with dugouts for baseball and softball, and lighting to extend the hours the fields could be used. …

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