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Norwalk Little League kicks off

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Little League began its season Saturday with an opening ceremony at the Broad River baseball complex.

It was the league’s first “true opening day” since the pandemic started, Becky Riddle said.

Upgrades to the Broad River baseball complex have been discussed for years. The project was greenlighted with $95,000 for design in 2019-20 but construction is being reconsidered as estimates are more than the $2.5 million that was budgeted, according to Norwalk Recreation and Parks Director Robert Stowers, who said last month that, “We need to reassess this project.”

(Video by Harold F. Cobin)

13 comments

Patrick Cooper April 26, 2022 at 7:21 pm

This may be a departure – but so what.

I profess to have a random responsibility that several times per year places me in the cross hairs of Mr. McQuaid’s office. Only recent, likely not ongoing. Clearly I need not attest to Rick’s mastery over his domain, his professionalism, how the staff around him adores him, and protects him – as other’s before me have done a far better job. But what I can say with 100% conviction is – if you enter his universe, his passion for baseball is undeniable. He knows who’s pitching tonight.

Rick’s speech on this video is the highlight of the year.

My little league experiences took place a few exits south on I-95. But they were no different than those still inside Mr. McQuaid. They are universal – they are transformative – and as he said, memorable for a lifetime.

I watch this video, and I have mixed emotions. I am so very, very happy for every kid that got to participate – at any level. I think the parents, the coaches & the organizers ( and sponsors) should all feel accomplishment, and be proud for their gifts. The celebration of this amazing youth program is so right – it’s so pure – that it should also be respected as such.

The video is so telling. Can’t help themselves.

DrewT April 27, 2022 at 9:32 am

So let me understand this: We will waste over $200 Million for Bob Duff High which we don’t need. And just remember we are tearing apart a BRAND NEW Kitchen that was literally just built. A Football field that’s basically Brand New and new Video Scoreboard so Bob could Duff fulfill his Ego! But once again the youth of our City who have been promised a whole new Broad River facility with restrooms, concessions and be able to hold tournaments which would generate millions in revenue for the City get THUMBS DOWN AGAIN! When will this City actually start taking care of their youth and get them some well deserved facilities to play on! We can’t even get a Y with a pool. This City should be Ashamed!

Priscilla Feral April 27, 2022 at 10:00 am

When my father coached Little League in Westport, I watched the team and my brother play, or was a bat girl for the team. I also ran the concession stand. Truth is, I knew how to swing a bat and catch a baseball.

Years later, a Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women that I organized, pressed for girls to be admitted, and in 1974 Little League changed its charter. Discrimination was eliminated and little girls could play baseball.

Today, to see girls and boys compete on the same ballfield is gratifying.

Mitch Adis April 27, 2022 at 9:46 pm

@DrewT. Millions of dollars in revenue? From a Little League complex? In Norwalk? Unless you are you talking about Zimbabwe dollars, you are way off.

Shari Brennan April 27, 2022 at 9:50 pm

Field looks great. Nephew started off with pee wee ball in Broad River. Now still playing ball for fun at the age of 31.
It’s wonderful to see kids playing ball, riding bikes and playing in yard with dog like my neighbors. Let’s keep it all fun after all these restricted COVID years.

DrewT April 28, 2022 at 11:53 am

@mitch Are you involved in any sort of tournaments that these towns and cities run?! I didn’t think so. But let’s do some simple math. Let’s say we start having tournaments starting the 1st weekend in April all the way until the end of October. 3 fields 10 Teams or more on each from 8:00am until 11:pm all weekend with a minimum of $8000 in entry fees, plus concessions and money spent on hotels and restaurants. The amount of jobs that it will create. The money will flow into our coffers!

Tysen canevari April 28, 2022 at 4:25 pm

Thanks Shari. We re did the infields in conjunction with the city in the fall. Hopefully, Drew Todd will help volunteer to keep them nice!

Mitch Adis April 28, 2022 at 9:09 pm

@DrewT. Simple math is not your strong suit. Let’s just say your scenario is far fetched too. Plus your assumption is there are no other venues in the region and Norwalk would have 100% market share. Not plausible. Whatever it is you do, stick to it because developing business plans is not for you.

DrewT April 29, 2022 at 8:38 am

@mitch When you don’t know or understand what you are posting then you shouldn’t be posting. I never said anything about 100% market share. But if you knew anything about sports and tournaments and the venues and towns that host them you would understand. But it’s obvious you have no clue so do us a favor and just stop.

@tysen I’m guessing a landscaping company could be doing a much better job in field maintenance so since you know someone that owns one volunteering is good for the soul.

Tysen Canevari April 29, 2022 at 2:06 pm

Lol. 15 years of volunteering for Little League. Done more than my share. The cost of turfing broad river far exceeds the benefit. Kids just dont play baseball as much as they used too. There should be one league in town anyway instead of 3. Its not Ken Hughes faults the fields arent always good. He just doesnt have the help to do it. Union guys will only do so much in a day. City should outsource the maintenance of the schools and fields like other towns do. Then our city guys can work on projects that better utilize their time

Mitch Adis April 29, 2022 at 5:28 pm

@DrewT. You’re not thinking big enough. Why not run tournaments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all year round? Then we could generate BILLIONS of dollars in revenue! Imagine what we could do with that income! We could even hire people to maintain the grounds instead of relying on volunteers.

Keep your day job (if you have one).

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