Safety improvements made to Forest Crest Playfield

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MTYAA practice at Forest Crest Playfield, Mar. 8 002
MTYAA baseball Pinto division players practice in front of improved dugouts Tuesday at Forest Crest Playfield in Mountlake Terrace. Work completed by MTYAA volunteers last month enclosed the dugouts on the playfield’s middle baseball field, keeping players safe from flying baseballs coming from other nearby diamonds.

It’s March, and that means baseballs are filling the air at area parks and fields. At one field in Mountlake Terrace, safety improvements have been made just in time for the start of the new season.

In February, volunteers from the Mountlake Terrace Youth Athletic Association (MTYAA) installed new fencing around the dugouts of the middle baseball field at Forest Crest Playfield, 5006 236th St. SW. The fencing will protect players from balls hit or thrown from the two other baseball diamonds used at the playfield.

The new fencing project was completed prior to additional volunteer efforts over the weekend of March 5-6 to rake and prepare the infields and dugouts for MTYAA team practices that began this week.

The work done by MTYAA volunteers assists the efforts of city employees to prepare fields for spring use. Mountlake Terrace Parks Department staff spent time in February “spreading new infield mix, filling holes, repairing backstops, setting bases and looking for any potential safety concerns,” according to Interim City Manager Scott Hugill.

MTYAA offers Pony Baseball programs for youth ages four through 19 at fields in Mountlake Terrace and Brier. Games for the eight divisions offered by MTYAA begin in April.

For more information on MTYAA baseball, click https://mtyaabaseball.org/Default.asp?org=mtyaabaseball.org.

–Story and photo by Doug Petrowski

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