Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Keefer Park looking for refreshing start

The Hailey Parks Foundation and local baseball coach Lars Hovey of Sawtooth Baseball have been working on gaining a grant through the Pepsi Refresh Everything program to renovate Keefer Field in Hailey.

Hovey has jumped through the necessary hoops and is at the voting stage of the program.

The Pepsi Refresh Everything is a program that will grant money to cities to help build or maintain public facilities.

In order for the Hailey Parks Foundation to win, the community must go online or text to vote. As of now, Hovey and Hailey Parks have a month to acquire the necessary votes to reach the top 10 category to receive the funding.

The project is looking for a $25,000 grant to build dugouts, erect a scoreboard, purchase soccer goals, construct disc golf courses and vastly improve the soccer and baseball surfaces.

Hovey said he considered the Pepsi Refresh Everything program after Jerome won a grant through the same process. Jerome was able to renovate a baseball field more than a year ago.

This is Pepsi's second year promoting the program.

According to Hovey, Keefer Field has plenty of potential.

"It has a very good infrastructure," said Hovey. "It needs a polish and better playing fields. The surfaces are bad, but it has potential."

With great location (behind the Copper Ranch) and restrooms and big toys for children, Keefer Field has an opportunity to add to the already vast amount of activities for the community.

The deadline for Hovey and the Hailey Parks Foundation to get into the top 10 is Nov. 30 at mid-night.

To help the cause for Keefer Field, residents of Blaine County are encouraged to help vote. People can vote multiple times, but only once a day.

You can log onto facebook and vote or you can text "73774" to "109544."

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