In 1993, the baseball fields located at Section and Ridge underwent substantial improvements to upgrade the quality, beauty, and safety of the fields through a gift received from Evelyn Greff as a memorial to her late husband, Irwin Greff, and commemorated by a plaque installed at the fields. The dedication of the Amberley baseball fields was to support the overall enjoyment of children playing the game of baseball. For generations, children have played there and the fields continue to be in demand by local teams.
While the 2017 budget planned for new fencing and backstop, further review of the condition of the ballfields pointed to a higher priority of repairing the infield grass area of the field closest to the tennis courts referred to as the upper field. Several meetings were held to discuss the needs of the ballfields in collaboration with the Greff family, Nativity School, the Public Buildings and Parks Committee, and Village staff. A proposal to improve the upper ballfield was recommended and received Council approval at the October 9 regular meeting.
A total of $9,655 of restoration work will be performed by Team All Sports which will level the upper ballfield to bring back the condition of the field for appropriate play and address issues expressed during review of the field conditions. The work to the upper ballfield includes removal of the grass infield, grading of the slope, applying 60 tons of infield mix, installing a pitcher's mound and sodding the area between the baseline and the fence. Additionally going forward, the fields will be lined once a week by a volunteer.
Investment into the ballfield ensures the continuation of our recreational amenities and encourages lifelong participation for children and youth. Last year, the Village invested in the tennis courts in the park and, prior to that, exercise stations were installed along the walking track. The Village strives to make improvements to our recreational amenities.