The objective of KYL shall be to implant firmly in the children of Killingworth the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and respect for authority, so that they may be well adjusted, stronger and happier children and will grow to be good, decent, healthy and trustworthy citizens.
Killingworth Youth League
PO Box 714
Killingworth, CT 06419
KYL is a non-profit organization that operates solely
due to parent volunteers in our community
who donate their time to make this league possible.
Approve Sod For Sheldon on 9/24/14
Killingworth will hold a town meeting next Wednesday night to vote on whether to put sod down on the new ball fields at Sheldon Park, which will add $38,000 to the $750,000 budget for the park renovations.
The renovations are coming along beautifully. Soon the tennis courts and the basketball court will be ready for use, and the horseshoe pit and playground will be open again.
If we proceed with the original plan to seed the baseball fields, they will not be ready for play until the spring of 2016. Meanwhile, with the other facilities at the park open, it will be difficult to keep people off the newly sown grass. For this reason, it is imperative that the entire facility remain closed until the ball fields are deemed playable, also denying access to anyone and everyone interested in tennis, basketball, horse shoes and the playground.
Putting in sod instead will allow the 240 children involved in the Killingworth Youth League to play on the fields starting next spring. Right now, play and practice times are severely limited; teams are doubling and tripling up for practice; and the existing fields are suffering from overuse. We particularly need a field for girls’ softball; the girls have been playing on non-regulation fields. The current conditions are unsafe and thwart the development and overall potential experience of the children of Killingworth.
Thanks to frugal management and generous contributions from KYL (which is donating the future concession stand, dugouts and scoreboards, among other things), the Venuti family, and the U.S. Tennis Association, the Sheldon project is coming in under budget. After all this is taken into account, the net cost to the town will about $16,500—and the Board of Finance has recommended taking this money from capital reserves that are already in place.
A year is a long time in the life of a kid. Let’s get them playing at the great, new Sheldon Park as soon as possible.
Please come to the Town Meeting, 7:00 p.m., September 24, at Killingworth Elementary School and vote to sod the fields.
This is not just about baseball and softball, this is about our kids and our town.