The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has launched a crowdfunding campaign to improve the Staddon Baseball Field in Rensselaer. The IHCDA says Rensselaer Baseball Inc. has until April 23 to raise $37,500 in order to receive a matching grant through the agency’s CreatINg Places program.
If the funds can be raised, RBI plans to upgrade the baseball field with new playing surfaces and additional restrooms, as well as ADA-compliant seating.
“This campaign is an exciting opportunity to upgrade and renovate the baseball field in Rensselaer,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. “Team sports and getting active outdoors have benefits that can last a lifetime, so we are pleased to partner with RBI to enhance opportunities for kids in the community.”
The IHCDA says funds from the campaign will be used to enhance the condition of the field and seating areas to make them safe for use. The restroom enhancements will make it possible for additional community use with ADA accessibility, new partitions, upgraded lighting and a baby changing station.
“RBI is very excited about the grant opportunity given to us from the IHCDA. These funds will greatly improve our baseball program, our field and our community” said Stace Pickering, RBI board member. “We look forward to accomplishing our goal so we can provide ADA accessibility and new restrooms.”
The CreatINg Places program began in 2016. The IHCDA says projects have raised more than $5.9 million in public funds and an additional $4.8 million in matching IHCDA funds.