On Sunday Sept. 1, the Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation (SCARF) and the community of Shelter Cove celebrated the grand opening of the Shelter Cove Softball and Little League Ball Field. The celebration began at noon and within minutes, the field was filled with the sounds of children and adults enjoying a family game, in a game scheduled to begin prior to the 1 p.m. festivities.
Mark Mitchell, president of SCARF welcomed approximately 100 participants to the opening. An honor guard including Mackenzie Warren, Damian Thompson and Maddox Chorbenau carried the flag to the pitching mound, where they were joined by Anna Natina who sang an amazing rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.
Mark then presented a plaque to be installed at the field, which read: “The Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation proudly dedicates this ball field to the people of Shelter Cove for their support and assistance and with special thanks to Jack Sanford for the use of his land. September 2, 2013.”
In addition, Bill Franklin was recognized for all his volunteer efforts in grading the field, work that required countless hours of his time over the past months. Special guest Ivy Etter, who was instrumental
Local businesses who sponsored advertising at the field, the Inn of the Lost Coast, Delgada Pizza, Sea Pete Mobile Mechanic, and See Jan Realty were also thanked. It was then time to loudly yell, “Play ball!”
Attendees received a souvenir opening day game ticket good for a special opening day meal deal offered by the Shelter Cove Campground and Deli. The rest of the afternoon was taken up with enjoying the food, watching the action or playing some exciting and fun softball games. Baseball is back and alive in Shelter Cove.
The opening of the field provides Shelter Cove its first ball field in over 70 years. There is still more work to be done. This fall, the infield will be skinned for softball play and the outfield will be seeded with grass seed. By next spring, it is anticipated that there will be a full schedule of games. An equipment locker is planned and still needed where playing equipment can be kept between games.
The Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, created to help develop recreational and artistic facilities and events for the entire community of Shelter Cove. Please contact Mark Mitchell at email@example.com for more information about SCARF and its activities.
You can also find more information about SCARF on facebook. Donations to SCARF are tax deductible and can be sent to SCARF at 1060 Upper Pacific, Shelter Cove, CA 95589.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF NANCY MITCHELL
1. Ivy Etter throws out the first pitch.
2. Opening day at the Shelter Cove little league and softball field.