JAMESTOWN – Bringing baseball back to Jamestown is among recreational activities that will soon make a comeback after an extended ‘off season’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist addressed bringing back local sports during Monday night’s city council work session.
The Mayor will be working with the city’s council to adjust this year’s budget in order to hire proper staff to reopen parks safely. The staff, Sundquist says, will include several part time workers and the previously eliminated recreation coordinator position.
Sunduqist says the city is eyeing state aid to help fill any budgetary gaps cause by an additional $90,000 in unbudgeted funding cause by reopening parks.
“Baseball, football, softball, you name it almost all of them are coming back,” said Sundquist. “Working with the stadium, working with the Tarp Skunks for some minor league baseball there.”
Jacob Kindberg, the Director of Business and Sales Operations for the Jamestown Tarp Skunks, tells WNY News Now the Perfect Game College Baseball League is expected to release its season schedule sometime this week paving the way to bring back collegiate baseball to the area.
Kindberg says he is confident that fans will be able to visit Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park this summer to see games in person, with precautions like social distancing utilizing assigned seating to keep visitors safe.
Tentatively, Kindberg says the first home game could take place Thursday, June 10 with a festival honoring the 80th anniversary of the ballpark.