Representatives of the  Leadership Marion Class of 2016 shared the details of their class project—Restoring the Glory of Lincoln Field, at the Thursday, April 28 meeting.

The Leadership Marion Class has partnered with The Marion Merchants to restore the Lincoln Field in order to provide city youth the opportunity to take part in America’s favorite past time and play on a field that will make them proud.

The Marion Merchants Travel Baseball and Softball League is a financially self-sustaining group that uses Lincoln Park here in Marion. A few years ago, the Marion City Baseball for Youth League disbanded and, for the love of the game, the Merchants acquired the city recreational baseball program. Completely separate from the travel team, around 800 city kids currently participate in the now named Marion Presidents Baseball/Softball Recreational League.

Scott Stover, a member of the Leadership Marion Class 2016, showed Kiwanis members slides of the dire condition of the fields and stadium. He and his classmates are very passionate about Restoring the Glory of the Lincoln Field.  Built in 1932, Lincoln Field is one of only four original minor league baseball stadiums left in the United States. And it is right here in Marion!

Stover said they need to $800,000 to a million through donations and sponsorships to complete the project.

Lincoln is used by area kids, adults and traveling teams. Its restoration would have a positive impact on the community. glory

Their Glory kick-off event is May 20, 5-9pm

Along with Stover, Carol Garverick, Brian Taylor, Beth Hartzler and Amber Wertman of the Leadership Class attended and answered questions.

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