Foundation praised for efforts

Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr., center gray jacket, discusses the Parkhurst Field renovation project at the Fulton County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Several Gloversville supervisors on Monday praised the Parkhurst Field Foundation’s $2.3 million Field of Dreams Campaign in their city, which the full Board of Supervisors endorsed at the County Office Building.

The board passed a resolution to support renovation of the historic baseball park on Harrison Street in Gloversville. The resolution indicated that the county “urges contributions and support by the local community and all fans of ‘America’s Game’ near and far …”

“This is a positive thing for Gloversville if this can be pulled off,” said Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. “It’s a good thing.”

The Parkhurst Field Foundation is pursuing a fundraising campaign to raise funds to: create five regulation, lighted fields capable of hosting Little League teams from around the country; create a “premier field” on the original 1906 home plate location of the AL&G Baseball Park; create a new 750-seat grandstand; construct batting cages and modern concession stand; and construct a museum onsite to honor the history of Parkhurst Field and the legendary baseball greats who played there.

Many major leaguers, baseball legends and Hall of Famers played at the park. They included: legendary pitcher Cy Young, Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham, and the New York Bloomer Girls.

The foundation is currently working with the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth seeking a $500,000 state Consolidated Funding Application award for continued development of Parkhurst Field. The foundation in 2016 received a similar $500,000 CFA award from the state.

Gloversville 6th Ward Supervisor Warren Greene said the project could make his city a “destination” within Fulton County.

“I think it’s important we get that off the ground,” Greene said.

Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Greg Young added, “This could be a real shot in the arm for us.”

Gloversville 1st Ward Supervisor Marie Born said she remembers her late father praising Parkhurst Field, still used today by the Gloversville Little League. She said her father would have loved the interest shown today in the park.

“It’s the best think that’s happened to us in a long time,” Born said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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