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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Local Ballpark Gets A Make-Over

Arkansas River Valley Business Directory

It’s getting closer and closer to summer time. The time of year where at night you go outside to catch lightning bugs, listen to the crickets, and let’s not forget…..Little League Baseball and Softball. Many in the community can hear the PING of a bat knocking out a home run and the cheers from fans all throughout the town of Mansfield at night. If you have ever played little league baseball/softball in Mansfield or for a Mansfield baseball/softball team, then you know all about Johnny Cake Park.

Johnny Cake Baseball Park has given many youngsters great memories over the years. Once a staple of summer nights in the community, Johnny Cake Park had aged over time and it was showing. But if you drive down Highway 378 today, you’ll quickly notice that Johnny Cake Park is getting a facelift this season. The members of the Mansfield Baseball/Softball Association are buckling down and working hard this spring to bring Johnny Cake Park back to its glory days.

Mansfield’s Baseball/Softball Associations President Clay Elmore said “We have made a lot of improvements over the last couple of months to the ballpark. We have got the field lights fixed, roads repaired and new gravel, new paint, and field improvements to name a few. Some things we are working on in the future will be replacing some of the fences, adding batting cages, upgrading the concession, planting additional shade trees, adding a playground area, and continuing to improve field conditions.”

“If anyone can offer assistance to these things or would like to make a donation it would be greatly appreciated. We want this to be a place the local youth can take pride in saying this is their home ballpark like we did when we were kids! Go Red Tigers!”

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