Wichita’s Historic McAdams Park will debut a new baseball field with artificial turf on Thursday, May 19. This will be is Wichita’s first public ballfield with artificial turf, and to celebrate its opening, city officials have scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony at McAdams Park, 1329 E. 16th St, at 10 a.m. on opening day.
Having artificial turf, this ballfield will require less maintenance, offer reduced weather delays, and provide a higher quality field to play on. It will also feature dual markings, allowing it to also be used for girls’ softball games.
“This new field will offer more youth a chance to play baseball and learn valuable life skills,” said Council Member Lavonta Williams, whose District includes McAdams Park. The field comes with a $1.4 million price tag, and was funded by the capital improvement budget. This project is the first in a larger three-year park improvement project represents the first phase of a three-year park improvement project. The field was designed and constructed by Multicon, Inc., and highlights nostalgic elements that are reminiscent of an earlier era. Certain features even pay homage to the league’s namesake, baseball legend Jackie Robinson who wore number 42.
This is where League 42 gets its name. Founded by Wichita Eagle sports columnist, Bob Lutz, the league serves to provide more local children an opportunity to play ball. Beginning in 2013, League 42 has grown to include 400 players this year. Volunteers and donors help provide equipment, uniforms, coaching and mentoring for a capped fee of $30 a family.
In addition, League 42 volunteers have been working with the Wichita’s Park & Recreation Department officials to refurbish the existing ballfields.