Parkhurst Foundation opens downtown location

Pictured from left, Nicole Walrath, Tara Ryczek, Jennifer Jennings, John Lomanto, Mark Kilmer, Debbie Buck, David Karpinski, Mike Hauser, Stan Kucel, Betsy Emery, Ron Peters, Lana Ruggiero, Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, Becky Dutcher and Kelly Montanye. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Parkhurst Field Foundation held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its new offices at the City National Commons, 10 N. Main Street, in downtown Gloversville today with the Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce officials, CRG President & CEO Ron Peters and the Foundation’s board members present for the event. The Foundation has officially launched its $2.3M capital campaign to develop the historic park into a destination and economic diamond for the region.

The Foundation plans to develop Parkhurst Field, creating five regulation lighted fields capable of hosting Little League

teams from around the country, a premier field on the original 1906 home plate location of A.J&G. Park, a new grandstand with capacity to seat 750 people, batting cages, a concession stand and a museum on site to honor the history of Parkhurst Field and the legendary baseball greats who played there. The facility would continue to be owned and operated by Gloversville Little League for their local baseball program and would be available for hosting travel teams after their existing season ends around July 10th each year. The completed facility would bring more than 1,800 families to the Fulton County summer for these tournaments, resulting in $1.8M in direct spending at local businesses.

“Today marks another milestone for our project. We have a terrific volunteer advisory board in place, multiple computers given to us by Skidmore College, office furniture donated by Anthony Cerasia and a professional office space in the heart of downtown Gloversville, generously provided at no cost to the Foundation by Scott Hoenforst for our campaign activities,” explained David Karpinski, executive director of the Parkhurst Field Foundation. “Since our initial fundraising vintage game event, which raised $50,000 in August, we have had a number of individuals and businesses step up to get our campaign off the ground. Also, one of our board members, Lana Ruggiero of Ruggiero Reality in Gloversville, generously donated a Fulton-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce membership for increased exposure to businesses and philanthropists in the region. Ultimately, the success of this campaign is going to be the result of the entire community supporting our efforts. We are encouraged by the initial outpouring of support and look forward to making this campaign and Parkhurst Field development plan a success.”

The new office is currently open by appointment only until fully staffed. Renderings of the future park can be seen in the office’s Main Street windows. To learn more about the history of Parkhurst Field, to donate or to get involved with its board and capital campaign, visit their website at All contributions to the Parkhurst Field’s Field of Dreams Capital Campaign are tax-deductible. Individuals, families, businesses, corporations and foundations can make donations to the Capital Campaign in support of its mission.

By Patricia Older

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