The Mason County Commission, with the help of the Shelton Mason County Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the recent renovations of ball fields 6 & 7 at Mason County Recreation Area (MCRA) Thursday. Commissioners Terri Jeffreys and Randy Neatherlin, were joined by Heidi McCutcheon, the Chamber’s Executive Director, numerous ball players and coaches in cutting a ribbon across home plate of field 7:
Mason County received a $285,000 grant for the renovations from Washington State’s Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program – Local Parks.The renovations include artificial turf on the infields and improved drainage. According to Facilities, Parks and Trails Manager for the County, Jeff Vrabel, the improvements allow games to be play in wetter weather as well as providing a smoother playing surface.
Field prep time has also been reduced with the only the turf needing to be broomed, the lines on the grass outfield need painting and grass needs to be mowed. The fields can also more easily be configured for all levels of baseball and softball.
Four of the ball fields at MCRA now have artificial infields which are used for baseball and softball from little league to high school to recreational leagues.
Thursday, the fields were in use with the Shelton “C” baseball team playing Mary M. Knight and the Shelton softball teams holding practice.