Greenwich Wiffle Ball Committee sets up temporary field in Byram Park

The Greenwich Wiffle Ball Committee is one step closer to building its “field of dreams” with a temporary Wiffle ball field set up at Byram Park and a handful of other areas being considered as permanent field locations.

The Wiffle Ball Committee has been working for more than five years to accomplish its goal of building a permanent Wiffle ball field in town, initiating the annual Town Wiffle Ball Tournament as a key part of the fund-raising and planning process. The group consists of local business owners, town officials and groups including the Greenwich Police Department, Greenwich United Way Youth Services Council, local parents, and the town’s youth services coordinator, Jenny Byxbee.

Partnering with the town’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the committee recently evaluated Byram Park and determined it to be an ideal location to assemble a temporary field.

According to Ms. Byxbee, a temporary fence was erected at the park using some fund-raising money from the annual Wiffle ball tournament. The location opened over the weekend and will be available to players old and young for pickup games through Thanksgiving as a trial space.

Although colder temperatures may inhibit play, those working to create a permanent field hope to use the temporary space as a gauge to determine what aspects players like and dislike in a Wiffle ball field.

“I feel like the field means a lot to a lot of people,” so creating their ideal playing area is important, Ms. Byxbee said. “I try to be an advocate for the kids and what they want.”

Additionally, it’s important to ultimately choose a permanent location that is user-friendly by providing bathrooms and trash cans and that is easily accessible. The fields being looked at are also spaces that are already being utilized by other recreational groups, she said, so as to cause as little disturbance within the town as possible.

With choices for a permanent location narrowed down to Byram Park and two or three other locations, “I‘d love nothing more than to have a field to play on this spring,” just in time for the community to practice for the Town Wiffle Ball Tournament, Ms. Byxbee said.

The best thing the community can do to establish a true “field of dreams” is to provide feedback, good or bad, about the temporary field at Byram Park to the Wiffle Ball Committee, and Ms. Byxbee in particular, she explained.

Wiffle Ball Tournament proceeds brought in over the past five years will go toward erecting a permanent field when the final decision is made.

The United Way is still looking for any community feedback it can get on this issue and said people should get in touch with Ms. Byxbee at 203-869-2221 or [email protected]

 

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