The city of Ravenswood recently received a grant from the Cincinnati Reds for improvements to Wright Field.
The check was presented Monday at Ravenswood High School by officials from WMOV, the local Cincinnati Reds radio affiliate.
Superintendent of parks and recreation Katrena Ramsey said the city applied for the grant last year but was not selected. This year, however, the application was successful and the city will have $5,000 to be used toward batting cages as a result.
The cages will be a great benefit, not only to the Red Devil baseball team but to the community as a whole, Ramsey said.
“They can be used by anyone,” she said. “Winning the grant was unexpected. It has created a lot of positive momentum and enthusiasm throughout the town.”
Head baseball coach and Ravenswood High athletic director Wes Swain said the grant will go a long way toward improving the batting cages.
“We need some major upgrades on our cages. It’s always good to get help,” he said. “Our local businesses do a great job helping us out at the high school and also at the midget and Little League levels. Still, it’s nice to get money from other sources,” he said.
Swain said the plan is to build two batting cages complete with artificial turf donated by the Glenville State College baseball program. Hopefully, the cages will have concrete pads, as well as lighting and covers so that they can be used in all conditions.
Mayor Josh Miller said the city has received several small grants recently. As a result, many small projects are being planned or are underway. And oftentimes, it’s the small projects that make up the big picture, he said.
“When you take on quarter of million dollar projects, and you take one big bite of the apple and doesn’t work out, you can get exhausted. That can lower morale,” Miller said.
Miller said the grant is near and dear to him since he is a former Ravenswood baseball player.
“I’m really thankful to the Reds. This is a big thing for the kids,” he said.
The grant is yet another example of growth in the area of recreation in Ravenswood.
“Ever since I took office, I’ve been a big believer that Ravenswood needs recreational opportunities,” Miller said. “That’s one of the things people look for when they want to move into a community.”