UAW-Ford on Monday will show off its $1.8 million refurbished community ballpark just west of Detroit’s Midtown district, that includes commercial turf, improved bleachers, a digitized scoreboard, among other upgrades.
“This gives children an opportunity to realize their dreams in the favorite pastime of baseball,” says Angelique Peterson-Mayberry, UAW-Ford international representative. “Some of the fields accessible to them don’t have the amenities that they deserve, so we decided to provide that for them.”
Peterson-Mayberry says the ballpark, located on the corner of Canfield and the Lodge southbound service drive, now has pitching and batting cages, updates restrooms, and Wi-Fi. She says the field has been completely renovated, too.
The field will be named the William Clay Ford Field, in honor of William Clay Ford Sr., who owned the Detroit Lions and was a longtime Ford Motor Co. executive, who died in March 2014. At the ballpark unveiling Monday, his son, Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Co. will accept the honor on behalf of the Ford family.