Representatives from the Colorado Rockies where in town Tuesday morning to join with Oskar Blues Can’d AID project to present Town of Lyons Parks & Recreation Supervisor Dave Cosgrove with checks totaling
$80,000 to help with the restoration of the baseball/softball fields that where destroyed during the September flood.
Oskar Blues opened a new CHUBurger, a rooftop restaurant atop Coors Field (home of the Rockies) this season, and while talking with Rockies’ sponsorship program personnel Nate Vanderwal and Kate Bakarich during the grand opening event, Oskar Blues’ Chad Melis mentioned the devastation that had taken place to the Town’s playing fields. They in turn mentioned it to Jim Kellogg of the Rockies’ community outreach department, and a plan was hatched.
The Rockies came up with forty thousand dollars; twenty thousand of it from their “Wood for Wood” program, which donates money for every home run that Rockies’ players hit at Coors Field toward planting trees in Colorado (that amount will be earmarked for tree replacement in the Lyons parks). Oskar Blues’ Can’d AID program matched the grant dollar for dollar to arrive at the total.
The group toured the ball fields in Bohn Park with Cosgrove and Trustee LaVern Johnson during their visit, and where treated to a small “history” lesson about how the playing fields and park came to be. The group promised to come back in the future and enjoy a game, a hot dog, and perhaps a cold beverage.