HATTON, Ala. (WHNT) - For years, Hatton Park has been a labor of love for a group of dedicated dads working little by little to renovate the ball park from a state of disrepair. Kids, more than 180 of them, are traveling 20 miles just to practice on a playable field -- and sometimes it's just a field -- literally an empty field. Hatton little leaguers and tee-ball teams have stooped at area elementary schools, generous churches and even playgrounds. Passionate parents have made incredible efforts with limited resources at Hatton Park, but there's only so much they can do.
"We have able backs and able bodies, but not able pocket books," explains team dad Keith Coan. He;s one of the several dads who have done their best to erect fencing and get Hatton Park where it needs to be to receive power, water, and sewer systems. As you can imagine though, that gets expensive quick.
Enter TriGreen Equipment and their TriGreen for Good Equipment Giveback events. When Keith Coan, a TriGreen Equipment sales associate at the Leighton location in Lawrence County heard about his company's flash project initiatives, he applied, pushed hard, and came out on top for the kids of Hatton. When they heard about the need in Hatton and the fact that kids and their families had to travel to Town Creek just for a place to play, they knew they could help with a little love and plenty of heavy equipment.
They knew they had to step up to the plate for a team without a place to call home in their own hometown.
On Saturday August 15 at Hatton Park from 10a.m. until -- well, until the work is done -- TriGreen is coming together with community volunteers to transform the park. In just one day, TriGreen will help grade over existing ball fields to level the ground; prep the infield and outfield playing areas, adding lines and bases; overseed, fertilize and straw the outfield; Round-Up fence lines, landscape and build dugout benches.
TriGreen is donating all the John Deere equipment needed to get the task done as quickly and efficiently as possible. The event is open to community volunteers who can enjoy food and fun. Lunch will be provided and a ribbon cutting and dedication is tentatively scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 4p.m. with an inaugural pickup softball game to follow. Keith Coan, dad and little league coach heading up the initiative will throw out the first pitch of the game.
"This something they can look back on one day and be proud of, right in their own hometown. Everything that TriGreen is doing is such a blessing and this is all for the kids," says Keith. "Maybe if we can get others in the community to pitch in here, it can grow, and we can see what else we can accomplish in Lawrence County if we just work together for the greater good."
Hatton Park is located at the intersection of County Road 236 and County Road 108 just across from Gum Springs Church.