SALISBURY, MD – Wicomico County officials recognized the Rotary Club of Salisbury for its contribution to Field 7 ½ during a presentation at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Located between fields 7 and 8 at the Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex, Field 7 ½ is designed to provide individuals with physical or mental disabilities the opportunity to play baseball.
The Rotary Club of Salisbury, using $10,000 in Rotary District 7630 grants, approximately $2,000 of the clubs own money, in-kind donations, and hundreds of manpower hours, constructed a changing room and two 12 by 16 foot pavilions with wheelchair accessible picnic tables.
"These incredible athletes have special challenges that, at times, may dictate the need for them to have a private and dignified space in which to clean up or change their uniforms," said Kurt Schuster, Past President of the Rotary Club of Salisbury and one of the project leads. "As Rotarians, we have always embraced programs like these that are all inclusive. We’re excited to see kids on this field soon and enjoying the great game of baseball."
Construction of the pavilions began in March and was completed in late May. The air-conditioned changing room, with cabinet storage and seating space, was finished in September.
"The structures provided by the Rotary Club of Salisbury are valuable amenities for users of Field 7 ½," said Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism Director Steve Miller. "We are extremely grateful for their time and dedication to this project."
For more information about Field 7 ½, visit www.WicomicoRecandParks.org.