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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Coffman’s Realty Helps with Highland Hills Park Baseball Field Fundraising Efforts for Renovation

Coffman's Realty makes lasting impression on Highland Park to help with baseball field improvements.
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John Coffman Jr. and his two sisters are no strangers to Highland Hills Park. In fact, it used to be their playground.

As kids, they used play at the park with other neighboring kids from Highland Ave, Trinity and Mayfield. The three siblings grew up on Highland Avenue, right between Woodland and Mayfield and remember playing on the dirt field many times as kids.

A photo of the field before the renovations began.
(Img: Friends of Highland Park Facebook Page)

When local resident Joe Grimme organized the "Friends of Highland Park" to help raise money for the field and improve the space, Coffman's Realty wanted to pitch in as well.

"We just felt a special draw to playing there as kids so we wanted to help with the fundraising efforts for the field," said John Jr.

As a part of the fundraising efforts, special commemorative bricks were purchased by individuals, families and companies throughout Northern Kentucky. Coffman's Realty purchased a brick showing its long-established presence in Fort Thomas.

A flyer from the "Friends of Highland Park" advertising it's fundraising campaign for the field.
(Img: Friends of Highland Park Facebook Page)

"The installation of the artificial turf infield will have cost approximately $220,000," said Joe Grimme. "Most of this was accomplished through borrowing funds from private investors, in addition to corporate sponsors (advertising banners) and the selling of engraved bricks that are located behind home plate near the concession stand. This facility used to be a dirt field, which had no pitcher’s mound, no fencing, no dugouts, and no structures of any kind. To say we have come a long way would be an understatement."

John Jr stopped by a few weeks ago to check out the bricks for himself. “My sisters and I recently went to the park and saw first-hand how everyone’s efforts and contributions have created a great place to play baseball in Fort Thomas,” said John Jr.

Highland Park Baseball Field
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Highland Park Baseball Field 
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