By Adam Smith
The North Jefferson News
An area ballpark association is getting some corporate help in its efforts to revitalize the facility.
As part of the Lowe’s Hero Project, Lowe’s stores in Trussville and Fultondale will be donating time and money on Saturday to refurbish Morris’ ballpark and playground facilities.
The park, located at 846 Glennwood Road, is maintained by the Morris Youth Association.
Incoming Morris Youth Association President Mark Crawford said the association is self-sustaining and relies on public support to remain operational. He said Lowe’s generosity is much appreciated.
“The playground has been there for about seven years and it’s had no upkeep,” Crawford said. “We’ve only got one merry-go-round and two little rocking horses and that’s it. It’s not even a playground.”
Crawford said the main priority of the association had been working to build a new girls softball complex. He said once that was finished, the association had planned to work on the playground area.
He said Lowe’s offer comes at a great time. “Whatever they can do, we’ll be more than willing to accept,” he said.
Morris Mayor Craig Drummonds said he’s excited about the corporate kindness shown to the association. “It’s great when they can get assistance and for Lowe’s to help absorb some of that cost and provide some of their expertise,” he said.
Stacy Grigsby, the human resources coordinator at the Trussville Lowe’s, said the point of the Hero Project is to make a difference in the community.
The campaign gives each store about $1,200 to put toward a community project. She said previous projects have involved improvements at parks, retirement homes and schools in Trussville.
However, Grigsby, a Morris native, decided to submit the Morris ballpark project for consideration. Her proposal was reviewed at the corporate level and accepted.
“When I heard Lowe’s was going to do this project and when people saw the condition that it’s (the park) in, I knew they would want to do something,” she said. “We like to do things locally, but sometimes you see a bigger need outside your back door.”
And because of the close proximity of Morris to the Lowe’s store in Fultondale, the Fultondale store decided to get involved, Grigsby said.
She said the stores made calls to vendors and many of the materials needed to start work on the project were donated.
Valspar is donating paint, DuPont is donating mulch and Kohler is supplying new urinals and toilets. The stores have also purchased two playground sets for the park.
Additionally, Grigsby said an area contractor has agreed to take on landscaping duties for the project.
The plan is to completely refurbish the park’s bathrooms, bleachers and concession stand.
She said she anticipated about 100 people from the Lowes stores and the community participating in Saturday’s refurbishing efforts. However, she said additional volunteers would be welcome.
While Saturday will be the first day of work, she anticipated that it may take a couple of additional work days before the project is complete.
“I’m hoping it will bring enthusiasm to the community,” Grigsby said. “It’s a growing area and we hope it will make a difference.”
By Adam Smith