Lights out for Lane Babe Ruth League?

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by YouthSportsNow on March 31st, 2010

Night time baseball may be a little hard for the Lane Babe Ruth League in Charlottesville after July 1, 2010. The county who has been footing the bill for Gardner Field lights plans to stop as of July 1.

According to Tim Hughes at the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department, the county has decided to cut the funding for lighting the fields as part of budget cuts for the year. The Lane Babe Ruth League has the opportunity to pay for the lighting bill on their own, which for a seasons worth of games amounts to around $5000. Mr. Hughes stated that the County is working with the Lane League and the city to come up with a way to share the cost for the rest of the 2010 season.

The Lane Babe Ruth League has already planned out their fiscal year and don't have extra funds to cover the cost of the lighting bill. To the players and parents this means more out of pocket costs or less time on the field.

Tonight at 6:00 PM is the next scheduled County Board of Supervisors meeting.  The Lane Babe Ruth league is asking for the support of the families of the players and the community to come out and join in their plea to the county.

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lets give our kids more excuses for staying out and getting in trouble. way to take the money away from something that matters. i think the city and the county should splitt the bill. i am sure they can find the money from somewhere that serves no purpose.

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A couple of weeks ago, there were 40-50 parents at the field raking leaves, hanging fences, cleaning and shoveling dirt so that there kids can play ball.  You would think county would be eager to work with such committed volunteers. What a small investment for such a great return. A field with lights fills the need of 2 or 3 unlit fields.  I am sure that the county is not interested in building more fields.

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Looking over the last couple of years, the county seems less and less interested in the youth of the county.  They have rejected soccer facilities off of Polo Grounds road and also at Pantops, rejected lights at Darden Towe park, tore up a ball field on Melborne drive for the parkway, refused the construction of a girl's softball facility in the county,  raised all of the rates to use athletic facilities at the schools after these same parents were asked to donate money to build the facilities, and now they are refusing to pay for lights at Lane.
 

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