Hazel Park man raises $4,000 to fix decrepit little league field

There was a time  when kids rode their bikes to the nearest baseball diamond and played until dark.

Or until mom yelled to come home for dinner. In some places, those days are over. 

But in Hazel Park, one man has found his field of dreams, and wants to restore it. So far he's raised more than $4,000 with online crowd funding to restore the diamond.

The wavering dandelions of Scout Field No. 1 are a lonely lot. They alone bear witness to the uniquely sad spectacle of a ball diamond in decline.

"My team that I coach actually practices on this field," said Andrew Martin. "We've noticed a little neglect, broken glass in the dugouts."

Martin, a 28-year-old native of Hazel Park, is on a mission to restore this happy place of his little league childhood.

"This is the only larger operational field that does not have a lock on the gate," Martin said. "I want to be able to restore baseball in the city, hopefully get baseball back at the junior high because we cut that six or seven years ago.

"I just want to bring baseball back because there's a lot to it."

With goals of replacing the fencing, the field, the dugout, the stands and making the concession stand operational during games, Andrew started a GoFundMe campaign

and wants to rename the field after Al Weston.

"He played for Hazel Park High School, he was an all-state baseball player," Martin said.

The campaign still needs $3,000 to reach its funding goal of $7,500. If you would like to help, go to http://www.gofundme.com/AlWestonDedication
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