Al Weston Baseball Field Dedication

$5,200 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 52 people in 43 months
Hazel Park, MI has always had a great history of being a small community, with a great passion for baseball. Over the years, the youth numbers have begun to dwindle, as that passion has hit a bit of a rough patch. We have seen our numbers drop drastically. There was once a time where the city was a thriving baseball community. There was once a time where there were as many as 20 ball fields to be played on. There was once a time where Hazel Park produced Major League Baseball talent. Hazel Park's rich history produced the likes of Bob Welch, Bill Virdon, Joe Roa, and (most importantly to this campaign) Al Weston. Weston was a graduate of Hazel Park High School in 1973. He was an All-State outfielder for the Vikings, providing defense for future Cy Young pitcher, Bob Welch. Al Weston went on to play at MSU, where just a few of his accolades are listed in the links. He was also drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1977 MLB draft. Throughout the years, Hazel Park has dedicated ball fields to some of our greats. Green Acres Park has named their large diamond in dedication to Bob Welch. They have named the smaller diamond after Joe Roa. Now, it is time to give credit where it is due. We are raising money to give Al Weston his own dedication ceremony. With the funds, we are anticipating renovating the ball field at Scout Park, which is located behind Hazel Park Jr. High. it is our hope to resurface the infield dirt, renovate the dugouts, fix the backstop, improve the bleachers, place foul poles in the outfield, and improve many other facets of the field. When I have spoken with Al about baseball and his time on the field, it's almost like I'm in the 70's reliving his story. He has that passion for baseball that has been missing in Hazel Park recently. I feel that we can band together and recognize greatness, and help to grow baseball in Hazel Park once more.

Al Weston All American & Other Accolades
Al Weston Rankings at MSU

Al Weston 1977 Draft
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Good morning everyone! I wanted to give an update on the project. The city has confirmed their involvement and has also put the right people in the right spots to finally gain steam on breaking ground. The HPDPW has already made a sign for the field, and they have a list of things that they will be focusing on, in order to make the project progress in an appropriate time frame. Aside from that, the project is going to begin to get underway. I will be posting pictures of the project as they happen. Anywho, I just wanted to make everyone aware that, we have the correct bodies in position to make things happen. The city has the funds, and they will be spearheading the actual construction of the project. Enjoy your day, and thank you for being patient throughout this whole process.
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Friends and supporters, on Tuesday, I had a very good meeting with the city manager (Ed Klobucher), DPW foreman (Tom Jones) and the HP Rec Department. We agreed on a plan, and now are moving forward with another meeting really soon at the field. We are meeting at the field, so we can have a visualization of what we have to work with. We agreed that August is a good target date to have the project completed. The city is currently in the process of getting a sign made up, and I will upload a photo as soon as I can!
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June 14th, at 2PM, I am meeting with the city of HP/DPW/Rec Dept about moving forward with this project. Things are coming together, and this meeting is a progressive start to breaking more ground on this project. Once they approve the plans, we can move forward on the field work!
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Another quick update. I have been having progressive dialogue with the HP Rec Department, as well as City Edge Church and the HP DPW. They have requested my plans, in hopes to set up a plan of action. Once everything is approved, with the appropriate number of helpers, this can be done fairly quickly. I am the first to admit, that I was overly ambitious at the beginning, thinking that I could just raise the money and do the work. However, there were more hoops to jump through than I thought. I do apologize for this taking longer than expected, but we can hope to have this done by the end of summer (if not sooner). Thank you all for your support and your patience.

Here is the photo of the plan that was submitted, I hope you all like the ideas.
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Al Weston
42 months ago

I want to personally thank everyone for your contributions and wonderful comments from family members, college roommates,old high school friends and those that just see the good in this project-thank you! I have gotten to know Andrew Martin over the winter and he is a wonderful compassionate kid with a great heart. I'v been by the field and this is no small project! With Andrew starting a new career scheduling work on the field might be a little eradic until he know his work schedule. I 'm in on any planning and working on the field when available so again thank you all Al

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$5,200 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 52 people in 43 months
Created March 16, 2015
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Anonymous
41 months ago
SH
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Stacy Hammonds
41 months ago

Keep up the good work Andy!

CG
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Carole giles
41 months ago

I played softball on that diamond many years ago and grew up in Hazel Park. Glad to see this happening. Good luck!

LM
$100
Linda Mayo
41 months ago

I look forward to watching a game at Al Weston field. Be sure to publish a schedule.

JD
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Jill Debol
41 months ago

Saw your story on Fox 2 News. I commend you on your efforts to revive the ball field.

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Anonymous
41 months ago
Al Weston
42 months ago

I want to personally thank everyone for your contributions and wonderful comments from family members, college roommates,old high school friends and those that just see the good in this project-thank you! I have gotten to know Andrew Martin over the winter and he is a wonderful compassionate kid with a great heart. I'v been by the field and this is no small project! With Andrew starting a new career scheduling work on the field might be a little eradic until he know his work schedule. I 'm in on any planning and working on the field when available so again thank you all Al

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