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CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON THE FRANCESCO A. MASCARO MEMORIAL PARK

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON THE FRANCESCO A. MASCARO MEMORIAL PARK


Batter Up!  J.P. Mascaro & Sons Donates First-Class Recreation Park to LP Township

 

This time next year, children of all ages will be practicing their athletic skills at a new state-of-the-art baseball complex fit to host the Little League World Series.  J.P. Mascaro & Sons, a local waste and recycling company, agreed to donate and build this recreational facility in remembrance of the late Francesco A. Mascaro, one of its founders. 

“My brother, Frankie, lived a generous life and had a strong passion for baseball.  We thought a recreation park of this magnitude was a remarkable way to incorporate these two traits into a project that will benefit the community for years to come and honor his memory at the same time,” Mascaro President, Pasquale Mascaro, Sr. explained.

Former Major Leaguers, Bobby Wine and Mike MacDougal, joined excited Little League players and local township representatives to celebrate the official groundbreaking of construction.  Located on Woodland Ave in Lower Providence Township, the $2 million park will include three baseball fields.  One field will be suitable for tournament style play to suit the travel teams who compete throughout the area.  This field will have 10 X 30 brick dugouts, brick backstop with fencing and will be made of sod.  The inning by inning score of the game will be displayed on a 20-ft wide scoreboard and lights will be available for night games.  These lights will meet Little League standards and follow Lower Providence Township guidelines.  Bleachers will accompany each side of the field and an elevated grandstand will be placed behind home plate along with a scorer’s box and PA system to highlight this tournament field.  They’ll also be plenty of room along the outfield lines to place chairs or stand to enjoy the games. 

The other two fields will be suitable for standard boys’ little league or girls’ softball games using field mix infield. These are proposed with chain link backstops and also 4-8ft fencing surrounding the fields. They will have dugout canopies built and bleachers along the base paths. These fields will be seeded.

The majority of the little league infields in the surrounding areas use the field mix infields to provide versatility and easier maintenance.  This allows the fields to be used for softball and baseball while allowing different mound locations depending on the age and speed of pitch.  The bases could also be changed to 50-ft if needed for tee ball

Visitors will find the main concourse area behind home plate of the tournament field.  This area will contain a concession building, restrooms, a pavilion with seating and a playground to be enjoyed by children of all ages.

The entire development area will have a 6-ft asphalt walking path that would be over ½ mile long, extending to the fields and concourse area for ADA access. It will also stretch another ¼ mile along the front of Woodland Ave to tie into both the existing crosswalk and the sidewalk from Miami Avenue.

The first 50-ft entrance off Woodland Ave, the ADA parking spaces and the entire walking trail will be paved with asphalt. The remainder will include crushed stone along with the parking area with curbed island capable of holding 150 cars.  Trees will be planted along the entrance drive, Woodland Road and the face of the parking area.

Anyone wanting to practice their swings can do so in one of the 5 batting cages that will be located on the south side of the park. The northern end of the entrance road will be bays for the stockpile of field mix/soils and an equipment storage area.

 “At a time when we are often finding our children indoors attached to the latest electronic device, it is more important than ever to offer alternative activities to get their bodies moving and put their imaginations into overdrive.  A park like this is every child’s dream and we are fortunate enough to be getting one in our own backyard at no cost to us,” local resident, Mike Antinori, expressed excitement over the project. 

Mascaro is allowing the township to use a 10 acre portion of their 38 acre parcel, leaving the fields surrounded by 28 acres of open space.  “Safety and the best interests of Lower Providence residents has been of utmost importance when designing these fields.  We believe the community will be ecstatic by the results,” John March, the project engineer, stated. 

Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2017 sports season.  It will be a first-class facility dedicated and named for Francesco “Frank” A. Mascaro.

 



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