A small baseball player on top of the new concession stand has quite a bit of attention from the local community. With photos flashing on social networks and being exchanged virally, supporters of the Richmond County Little League (RCLL) program are getting excited for the future ahead.
During one of the rainy days last week, owner Lynwood Pierson of Deck World took a minute to share of the work and his thoughts on the project.
“It’s a nice area for them [RCLL] to move to and of course its big in Richmond County…once its all said and done, it’ll be a really nice complex,” said Pierson.
The owner of Deck World said he has been involved in construction for 30 years, but he said this project is built solely on community support and a lot of fundraising.
One area of the project he wanted to surprise everyone with was the weathervane installed at the top of the cupola about the concession stand.
“I didn’t tell a lot of people what I was doing,” Pierson said, adding that Northern Neck Electric Cooperative helped attach the top piece.
“Everybody that was the greatest thing ever,” Pierson said. He said he hopes to have a light installed below the fixture for everyone to see a night.
Inside the 60×60 ft. two story building, Pierson showed areas where food services will be, restroom and storage facilities and even an observation room for staff members to broadcast games and hold meetings. All four windows are behind each of the main fields excluding the T-ball field located at the back end of the complex.
“I just hope the kids will enjoy it,” Pierson said. “For Little League anywhere this is a great accomplishment for Richmond County.”
Pierson said there is still more work to be done, but hopes to meet the deadline for RCLL’s opening day on April 13 at 12 p.m.
RCLL President Shirley Lucas said it is all on the shoulders of volunteers with plumbing and electrical wiring.
“Since the signing of our 100 year lease with Richmond County in May, 2011, we have continued to move forward,” said Lucas.
“We have several projects going on to be ready for Opening Day on Sat., April 13. Many people have stepped forward to make this happen for the children in Richmond County. Many hands make less work and we need a few more.”
As a result of the week fields, tryouts will be held for children in the Minor and Major Divisions at the old location on 218 Walnut St. by the Richmond County Elementary. Registrations are still open for anyone interested in playing Baseball/Softball living within our boundaries of Richmond County ages 4 through 16.
Lucas said the first order of bricks for the Walk of Champions has already been taken. Anyone that would like to be a part of this can receive information at www.eteamz.com/richmondcounty or call Richmond County Little League at 804-333-5105. Thursday Night Bingo sessions at the VFW in Warsaw are also underway to help pay back the loan.