Bladenboro hopes for field of dreams
Bladenboro Mayor Livingston Lewis is tired of having only one recreational baseball field in town. He is not alone. In fact, he has the full support of town council.
“We have our fingers crossed so we can build a sports complex that will better serve our community and our children,” said Mayor Lewis.
Here is what the mayor would like: three baseball fields, a soccer field, a walking trail and a picnic area. But, first things first, the town needs to acquire the land and get some grant money.
“We applied for an $895,000 federal grant. Hopefully we’ll get all that. If we don’t get that then we’ll have to come up with some matching funds,” said Bladenboro’s mayor. “We’re trying to secure land now. If we can get it at a good price then we’ll use that land as our matching funds. This is our 3rd time applying.”
Maybe the third time will be the charm.
Bladenboro Dixie Youth baseball coach Nathan Allen said, “This past year we had 10 teams playing on one field. A lot of our home games had to be played in other towns. The need for more fields is bad as we have over a hundred kids registered to play here.”
The baseball field is also home to softball and football teams as well. Ten miles down the road from Bladenboro you will find the town of Clarkton, another Bladen County community.
Clarkton has a very impressive baseball complex. In fact, the town hosted a state championship Dixie Youth tournament last month. “We’re not in competition with Clarkton, but we would like to have a state of the art facility,” said Lewis.
If dreams come true, a corn field will soon become a field of dreams.
The town of Bladenbro is in the middle of negotiations with the owner of the field and waiting on an answer from the federal government in October about the grant money.
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