On May 12, 2016 the Cleveland Indians will be renovating the baseball field at Gunning Park, near I-71 at the corner of Puritas Ave. and West 167th St.
Fields for the Future is a program in which the Cleveland Indians partner with the City of Cleveland and BVU: Business Volunteers Unlimited to completely renovate youth baseball fields in Cleveland. We select a heavily-used field in poor condition and use our resources to give it a total makeover. We re-grade the field, build a mound, construct benches, provide new fencing and paint bleachers, all with the help of our staff, youth athletes and community volunteers. We engage Indians Head Groundskeeper Brandon Koehnke to perform a field maintenance clinic with city workers to ensure that this newly renovated field will be properly maintained moving forward. We also envision scheduling maintenance days to go back to our renovated fields over time to further ensure that the fields maintain their quality.
In 2015, the Cleveland Indians renovated Luke Easter Park, Field #3 in the Kinsman neighborhood on Cleveland's east side. According to the City of Cleveland, field usage improved tremendously after the renovation. In 2014, only 90 local league baseball games were played on the field throughout the season. In 2015, the number of games played on the field spiked to 420 - that's a 367% increase in field usage! The Cleveland Indians are proud to make such a significant impact on youth baseball in Cleveland and strive to continue to improve the quality of baseball fields across the city."