Irondequoit Town Hall Campus Celebrates New Youth Ballpark Complex with Ribbon Cutting and First Pitch Ceremony
Today, Supervisor Dave Seeley was joined by Majority Leader Morelle, Senator Rich Funke, Frank Imburgia, John Sciarabba, Irondequoit Little League representatives and Town Officials at a ribbon cutting and first pitch ceremony for the Town’s new baseball and softball fields.
Each year, Irondequoit’s Little League and T-Ball teams, which have continued to grow in popularity, are competing with other teams for limited space. Starting today, there are three new fields for these athletes to use, thanks to funds secured by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, Senator Rich Funke; and, donations from Frank Imburgia of FSI Contractors, John Sciarabba of LandTech Surveying, and Irondequoit Little League.
The three fields were dedicated in honor of Gilbert J. Morelle, Sr., Hank Sciarabba, and Frank S. Imburgia, Sr. These individuals and their families were recognized for their generosity and continued support of Irondequoit and of Town youth programs.
“As someone who grew up in this town playing Little League baseball, I am thrilled to be opening this new complex, which will be enjoyed by the youth of Irondequoit for generations to come,” said Supervisor Seeley. “This is the type of facility our children deserve and we will continue making investments to our parks that make Irondequoit and even better place to live and raise a family.”
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle secured the funding necessary for the Town to purchase the land several years ago and has provided additional funding for further development of the fields and surrounding space.
“My family and I are truly touched by this dedication,” said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle. “Children who play ball on these fields will learn the values of teamwork, perseverance, and courage -- values Gil Morelle taught both as a little league coach and loving father. I am so grateful to see his legacy live on in the community he loved dearly. On behalf of the entire Morelle family, thank you to Supervisor Seeley and everyone at the Town of Irondequoit for making this a reality.”
In addition to the opening of the new ball fields, Supervisor Seeley also announced that funding secured by State Senator Rich Funke will allow the Town to complete Phase II of the complex. This will include a concession stand, bathroom, dugouts for two of the fields. Also, the Irondequoit Rotary has agreed to donate funds for scoreboards on two of the fields. The Town expects to have Phase II completed by opening day of Little League, 2016
“Baseball is a game that connects the generations – from fathers and sons to mothers and daughters and brothers and sisters – which is why it's so fitting that these fields will stand as a tribute to the Morelle, Sciarabba, and Imburgia families for years to come,” said Funke. “I am proud to play a part in supporting Phase 2 of this project, which will help Irondequoit Little Leaguers and their families enjoy the full potential that these fields have to offer. My thanks to Majority Leader Morelle, Supervisor Seeley, and the Sciarabba and Imburgia families for their partnership and support of this quality of life investment.”
“Today marks another milestone in Irondequoit’s successful effort to be a home for families of all ages,” said Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello. “Providing quality amenities at a reasonable cost is the best way to ensure a town continues to succeed in attracting and keeping residents. I want to commend Supervisor Dave Seeley for seeing this long awaited project through, providing first-class facilities for area youth, and making targeted investments in a bright future for Irondequoit. I also want to thank Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle, Senator Rich Funke, and all of the generous donors for their commitment to Irondequoit’s future.”
The Youth Ballpark Complex is located at 117 Kings Highway North, directly north of Irondequoit Town Hall.