A lot of things have changed over the past 25 years since the Little League baseball program was started in Parkland back in 1990.
Amidst all the changes, one thing has remained the same, a community’s loyalty to their baseball program. On February 28, Parkland Little League celebrated its 25th Anniversary during Opening Day Ceremonies.
Hundreds of players, parents, coaches, past board members and city officials celebrated the program’s huge success. “I love Parkland’s baseball program. I am currently celebrating my 10th year on the board, eight of those as President,” Jeanne Perretty proudly announces. “It takes a lot of work by all of us, including the city, parents, volunteers and sponsors, to keep this program going. Each year we get bigger and better!”
The Board of Directors has spent many years building the program, ensuring that it provides some of the best experiences possible for all skill levels.
“For us, it’s not about how many trophies you have, it’s about giving every player a chance to be a part of a team. Every player contributes, win or lose,” says board member Mark Wilde.
“We were so proud of this group of boys,” says Perretty. “They played some of the best baseball I have ever seen in Parkland. The boys represented our city well by demonstrating excellent sportsmanship, respect to each other and respect to the other teams they played.”
Parkland’s Little League Program would not be possible without the City of Parkland’s support. The city spends endless hours maintaining the parks and fields including providing new scoreboards and renovating the Tower at Terramar Park. The city announced that they will be adding four new baseball fields in Pine Trails Park that will be ready for the 2016 baseball season.
“It’s unbelievable,” says Perretty when asked about the city’s support. “With the new fields, we will be able to better accommodate the increased number of t-ball players who continue to grow the program every year. In addition, Parkland will now be able to host more baseball tournaments.”
One thing we can say one thing for sure, Parkland Little League’s 25th Anniversary gives the city a lot to celebrate!
Since the start of the baseball program, Parkland has brought home several Select Tournament Championships.
2013 was one of the best years in the history of Parkland baseball.
• In 2013, the 10U and 9U Select teams won the District 10 Championships.
• Parkland’s 2013 All Star team went on to win the District 10 Championship for the first time in its history
The City of Parkland continues to create and expertly maintain some of the finest baseball fields in the area.
The number of children participating in the program has grown exponentially and now includes softball teams.
The city proudly displays its many trophies and championships at City Hall.