Winterberry reopens

Youth athletes benefit from improved field

Islanders gathered at Winterberry Field Saturday morning for its grand re-opening. The field now includes a brand new little league baseball field, updated lighting system, an improved open field design.

The newly improved field will allow youth and adult sports on Marco the opportunity to shine. The days of having limited access to the field are over as booth youth teams and adult teams can participate in sports activities at the same time.

The field was active Saturday morning as teams from the Marco Eagles Youth Football Organization played their final games of the season. Players from the 3v3 soccer league played an exhibition game, and Marco Island City Council Chairman Rob Popoff and Marco Island City Council Vice Chairman Frank Recker threw out the first pitch on the new little league baseball filed as players from Marco Island Cal Ripken Baseball lined the infield from home plate to first base and third base to home plate.

The grand re-opening ceremonies took place before the Sr. Eagles of the Marco Eagles Youth Football Organization played their final game of the season.

Representatives from the various teams that will utilize the updated field all spoke during the event. Greg West represented the Optimist Club of Marco Island. Bill Shurina represented Marco Men’s Senior Softball. Andy Delgado represented Marco Island Cal Ripken Baseball. Marco Island City Council Vice Chairman Frank Recker spoke on the benefits of the new field.

The Optimist Club of Marco Island and Marco Eagles Youth Football Organization also presented two deserving awards during the ceremony.

The 2009 Eye of the Eagle Award was presented to the City of Marco Island city staff and City Council for their support of youth sports and athletic facilities for the citizens of Marco Island. Vice Chairman Frank Recker accepted the award for the City of Marco Island.

The Coach Joe Mayo Leadership Award was presented to Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department Director Bryan Milk. The award was presented to Milk because of his exceptional and dedicated leadership in the Marco Island community.

Coach Mayo coached football for over 60 years. He coached football at all levels from College to Marco youth football. He was always in search of the ultimate team. Friends and family say that Coach Mayo finally found that ultimate team here on Marco. Friends and colleges say that the highlight of Coach Mayo’s coaching carrier was coaching here on Marco.

Stop by the field and checkout the updates for yourself, you may also want to stay and cheer on one of the many teams that utilize the field, if a game is in progress.

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freedomofspeech1 writes:

Look, dont think that the improvements arent a positive thing....they are...but...I am no expert but the field doesnt look like a "little league" field...the field looks more like a softball field. There is no infield grass and there is no fence in the outfield. Does anyone know if they are planning on laying some sod on the infield?

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