The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 29, 2013

Play days near

Fields, parks prep for spring

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

SUNBURY — Sunbury Mayor David Persing is a huge advocate for recreation in the city, and on Friday he said he can’t wait to drive around and see residents using the several parks and ball fields that are offered.

“We are waiting for this weather to stop,” Persing said. “But we are gearing up to get everything ready for the spring and summer.”

There are seven ball fields in the city and Persing said it takes time to get them all ready for use.

“We are patiently waiting,” he said. “Organizations are meeting and getting prepared. They are getting all their volunteers in place and now just waiting for this weather to change.”

With warmer weather pushing in the next few days, Persing expects to see several residents out and about, especially in three city owned playgrounds.

“I’m sure people will be moving about,” he said. “We are doing all we can to get everything ready for residents.”

Softball and baseball players are essential to the city, Persing said

“Tornements will be starting soon,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do to get these fields ready to go.”

Even in the inclement weather, Persing said volunteers are out and about preparing some of the fields.

“Each field needs to be prepared for its age group,” he said. “They are all different and each one needs to be treated differently.”

With nearly 10,000 square feet of batting cages, pitching areas and an arsenal of weight-training equipment, the $400,000 addition to the Amateur Softball Association of Pennsylvania Hall of Fame Persing said ball players are beginning to use the facility.

“We are seeing more and more people,” he said. “Some people are still unsure of what it is, but we are here for baseball players and softball players.”

Persing said there is minor maintenance that needs to be completed on some of the ball fields, including replacing two  dugout roofs.

“These are all positive things that are getting ready to happen in the city,” Persing said. “We are excited for this weather to change and we are excited to see people out enjoying the recreational facilities.”