Frost announces completion of projects at Caffery Park
In a press conference held Friday at Caffery Park, Franklin Youth Baseball President Paul Frost announced the completion of many projects at Caffery Park:
His comments were as follows:
“We’re here today to announce the completion of our Back Field’s Projects. With the help of many people we have taken one 300 foot field and turned it into 3 fields. We’ve renovated the 7&8 field and the Tee ball field and built a new Wiffle ball field.
“The other 300-foot field we have renovated and made it able to play boys ages 13, 14 and 15.
“We are excited to announce bringing older boy’s baseball back to Caffery Park and surrounding area. It’s been five years since this age of boys have had a chance to play in Franklin. We are having registration for the older boy’s league now, if they want to register, please call Paul Frost at 337-230-2616.
“I want to thank Councilman David Hanagriff and the Parish Council, Mayor Raymond Harris and the Franklin City Council and the Board of Directors of Franklin Youth Baseball Organization.
“The Back Field’s Project consisted of 25k from Councilman Hanagriff, 25k from the Franklin City Council and 10k from Franklin Youth Baseball Organization.
“I want to also give thanks to several businesses and individuals whom without their support we would not have been able to complete this project all the way to completion.
“We started hauling dirt into the fields and quickly realized that we didn’t have enough money budgeted for the dirt needed. The Tyler brothers, George, Ray, Don, Jim and Tim, through their generosity donated 20k worth of dirt and equipment. We can’t express enough how grateful we are for their generosity.
“Clint Bishop with Baldwin Redi-mix donated all the concrete for the fences and the new Wiffle Ball dugouts.
“Todd Ryder with PCM (Pipeline Construction & Maintenance) donated the equipment and operator to dig the cutouts for the new fields.
“Ricky Landry was the contractor that did the fence work and the concrete work. He donated his time when money got short on many different jobs in the park to see the project through.
“Phyllis LeBlanc of First National Bank of Jeanerette was instrumental in getting the projects finished.
“My time line to get this project finished moved a little faster than the money from the City could be given Franklin Youth Baseball Organization. Mrs. LeBlanc and the bank gave FYBO a loan to help pay the vendors on this project. Without them and all these people we would not be standing here today.
“Last, but not least, the Board of Directors of Franklin Youth Baseball Organization, Hilda Frost, Angelle Vice, Melinda Presley, Teddy Deslatte, Scott Martin, Brandon Gaspard, Morty Frederick, Eric Clements, Randy Paul and Jimmie Daniel, along with these 11 board members and myself, we share a vision to invest our time and with the help of people like the ones I’ve mentioned today help build a ball park our children can take pride in playing in.
“I told Councilman Hanagriff, Mayor Harris and anyone that would listen, If we build it they will come.
“Well I’m happy to announce that FYBO was awarded the bid to host the boys 10s & 12’s Regional tournament on July 18 through the 22. This is a great tournament to be hosting for City of Franklin. It will bring 16 teams to our City, creating revenue for our local businesses and giving FYBO and the City of Franklin a chance to show the athletes, parents and grandparents from all over our state, how special Franklin really is. We hope to find local businesses that will want to help sponsor such a large tournament. We also need volunteers to work around the park and the concession stand. If any businesses or volunteers would like to help, please call Paul Frost at 337-230-2616.
“I still have more great news to share. I’ve been working with Gene Fontenot with USSSA baseball and I’m glad to announce that we have been given two tournaments to take place at Caffery Park. The first is the weekend of March 15th and the second is the weekend of May the 3rd. These tournaments will bring more people from all over the state to Caffery Park and the City of Franklin. We hope these tournaments are just the start of many to come.
“In closing, I want to Thank Everyone again for their dedication and support in making Caffery Park a great place to play baseball.”