TRENTON, N.Y. – The Prospect Memorial Softball Field in the town of Trenton is getting a makeover, thanks to $500,000 in donations to a renovation fund through the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
Upgrades will include a new playing field, lighting, fencing, dugouts, backstop, bleachers, scoreboard and more. The previous facility was demolished, leaving just one pavilion and restrooms, which will all be renovated with new roofs and siding.
Trenton Town Supervisor Joe Smith says the project was initiated in 2019, when two area natives contacted him to see if they could help renovate the field.
“The project really got started when Todd and Terry Hart contacted me in December of 2019. They wanted to see if there was any way they could help with upgrading the field and navigating the process required to plan, fund, and construct a state-of-the-art softball facility on this historic field,” said Smith. “They were well aware of the facility’s current condition and were disappointed when Prospect didn’t hold its annual Fast Pitch Tournament—the first time since 1946. Obviously, their involvement was an unexpected but a very welcomed development. We always planned on doing minor renovations, but it would have taken us 10 years and we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near where we are now. We hope to make the field a showcase that all can enjoy.”
The Harts grew up in Prospect, and said they “lived’ at the park in the summers, and want others to enjoy the field as much as they did.
"We see this not only as a means of giving back to Prospect and the Town of Trenton, but also as a means of paying it forward,” said Terry Hart. “Another key factor for initiating this endeavor was realizing the number of people that will benefit from this upgraded facility. We’re hopeful others will have a similar perspective and be encouraged to help support this renovation.”
For more information about the renovation fund, or to make a donation, click here.