FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The effects of this past summer’s floods can still be felt at the Foster Park Little League baseball diamonds, but that’s about to change soon.
A concession stand that was damaged after sitting under several feet of water will soon be demolished.
“The concession stand is the big piece of the puzzle that we need for the complete turn around here,” Foster Park Little League board member Ryan Keirns said.
The park was hit hard by the floods which forced leagues to cut their seasons short.
“A lot of our lower leagues had to basically cease to exist because they play all of our home games over here on these diamonds and they were under water,” Keirns said.
Since the summer, the league has been working to repair what they can and clean up the debris. A GoFundMe page was developed to help cover the costs that Keirns said came in around $10,000.
“That did bring in $2,000, so that’s helped some and there have been some other private donations and other assistance. We’re in the process with this new project of getting some things donated or just at cost,” Keirns said.
To replace the old, damaged concession stand the league is getting help from the Northeast Indiana Building Trades and Ideal Homes to build a new concession stand that will be able to handle the conditions.
“It’s nice for the fans to be able to get a bite to eat. The players usually get a beverage after the game or grab something after the game and it does bring in some extra income to support the park,” Keirns said.
The building is scheduled to be demolished Friday at 8 a.m..
Keirns hopes to have the new concession stand ready for opening day April 23.