Chevrolet plans to spruce up a group of youth baseball fields near the border of Detroit and Hamtramck. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) announced the offer to fix up Jayne Field's complex of 11 baseball diamonds in a press release Monday.
Earlier this year, the DEGC rejected a similar offer by the auto company to turn the former grounds of Tiger Stadium into a field for young ball players. The city wants to save the land for a major redevelopment proposal.
Kevin Mayer, director of Chevrolet's advertising promotion, said Chevy supports the city's decision on Tiger Stadium development. "As such we are pleased to be able to work with DEGC and Think Detroit PAL to rebuild another facility, which is already a significant facility for youth baseball in Detroit," he told WWJ newsradio.
"We are quite excited about working with Chevrolet and the City of Detroit to enhance a great baseball park. And we are grateful to them and DEGC for making it possible," said Tim Richey, Interim CEO of Think PAL in an interview with WWJ.
Think PAL is a youth athletic league that formed when the Police Athletic League and Think Detroit merged in 2006. Richey said 1,400 youth played on almost 100 teams in PAL leagues last year, according to WWJ.
Chevy will provide both volunteers and an undisclosed amount of money for the project, MLive reports.