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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fort Thomas Investor Group Raising Funds to Install Turf at Highland Park

By Joe Grimme

As a baseball player for the Highlands Bluebirds in 1991, I was fortunate to be the starting pitcher at our first home game played there, and I now enjoy watching my son, who is currently a senior at Highlands, also pitch for the Bluebirds at the very same field.  Twenty-eight (28) years ago, the baseball field at Highland Park was all dirt; it had no pitcher’s mound, no grass infield, no dugouts, no press box, no concession stand, and to be quite honest, it had no enjoyable place for fans to watch a game.

To say the least, we have come a long way.

Highland Park has been used for several decades by kids and adults of all ages.  Currently, the field is used by many of our residents and various local teams, as well as Knothole Baseball and the reigning 4-time Ninth Region Champion Highlands Bluebirds.

As many of us know, the sport of baseball is very dependent on weather conditions and, if you have ever been involved with the game, whether as a player, a parent, or simply just a fan, you have undoubtedly encountered a rain delay and/or cancelation as a result of a sloppy field.  It is something that happens every year, especially given the regularity of precipitation during the Spring.

While the baseball field at Highland Park has been drastically improved, most of which can be attributed to the hard work of Highlands’ Head Coach Jeremy Baioni and the City of Fort Thomas, it can still be improved even more.  The natural turf and dirt that remains in the infield continues to pose a problem every year as a result of spring showers.  By installing artificial turf, this problem would no longer exist and we could increase the ability to practice and play more baseball, which would directly benefit our community overall.  Our children, grandchildren, and many future generations would enjoy the advantages of having artificial turf for many years to come.

We are excited that a small group of investors have committed to kickstart our campaign to raise the funds needed in order to install the artificial turf.  This campaign has been divided into two (2) stages, the first having a goal to raise $300,000 for the infield; the second having a goal to complete the entire field at an overall cost of $1 million.

We need you.

Although our private investors have pledged $125,000, we have a long way to go.  There are many ways in which you can help fund this project that will benefit the entire Fort Thomas Community.  We are seeking tax-deductible donations, which can be made in a lump sum or spread over a monthly/yearly commitment, and we are also soliciting corporate sponsorships, which includes the purchase of a banner that will be hung at the facility.  Finally, you can purchase a brick to have your message engraved, which would be installed in our “Walk of Fame” to be located near the field.

Please consider helping with our efforts, which will benefit everyone in our community.  The baseball field at Highland Park will continue to remain a public facility and all of our citizens will have the ability to enjoy its use – even after the artificial turf is installed.  Please contact Joe Grimme (859-468-1937 or for more information or if you have any questions whatsoever.  Or, you can visit our website at to make a donation or purchase your brick.  We appreciate your consideration and look forward to receiving your support.

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