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Barnhill Championship Field dedication set for Saturday, May 2 at Noon05/01/2009 12:30 PM ET
By cin - field / MLB.com
MAINEVILLE, OH -- After over two years of tireless labor, Bill and BJ Barnhill will finally get to see kids play baseball on the field they built in honor of their son, Kevin.
The Kevin C. Barnhill Championship Field at Testerman Park will be the signature baseball and softball facility for the greater Hamilton Township area and will service the Warren County Little League and District #34 Little Miami Knothole Youth Baseball League.
The official dedication of the field is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Noon at Testerman Park, located at 8373 Loveland-Maineville Road., Maineville, OH 45039. The public and media are invited.
"It's been a two year labor of love" said Bill Barnhill. "We could not have brought this project to completion without the support of many project partners including Reds Community Fund, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, MSA Architects, National Bank and Trust Company, Hamilton Township Park Board, and construction partners Team All-Sports, Jackson Construction, Ashlee Fence Company, NeCamp Construction and Paradigm Construction."
A $55,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a joint initiative of MLB and the MLB Players Association, gave the project a significant boost toward the $300,000 fund-raising goal.
The field was designed by Michael Schuster Associates Inc., the same company that designed the Reds' home, Great American Ball Park. Features include continuous fencing around the perimeter of the field, enclosed dugouts and bullpens, an electronic outfield scoreboard, a concourse area with stadium-style bleachers and a press box, and a memorial plaza dedicated to Kevin Barnhill and those who have contributed to the project.
In addition to the field dedication, a Champions Baseball clinic will be held from 9 to 11:45 am, Reds great George Foster will be signing autographs from 11 am to 2 pm and kids can meet Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs from 10 am to 2 pm.
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