Hamilton Park gets batting cages

May 8, 2019

Work is underway to add batting cages at baseball fields at Hamilton Park.

The project came out of a partnership among the city, its Parks and Recreation Department, the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the San Diego Padres through the Play Ball initiative : an effort of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball.

The cages will encourage participation in baseball, and Hamilton Park Little League players will use them to hone their hitting skills, according to a news release.

The project will cost about $25,000, Fort Wayne city spokesman John Perlich said.

“We know that in order for the next wave of baseball talent to have the opportunity to develop, they need to have the chance to get the instruction they need,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said in a statement. “Without the necessary facilities, it can be a big challenge for even the best coaches to get the most out of their players. This is a project that will have a big impact for Hamilton Park for years to come.

“Who knows, maybe one of those kids will be playing with us at Parkview Field someday.” 

Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 213 is providing in-kind construction work for concrete at the site. Construction is expected to be complete this summer.  

“The new batting cages will be a great addition to Hamilton Park and provide additional recreational opportunities to help our young people grow and succeed,” Mayor Tom Henry said. “By working together, we can enhance our quality of life offerings and make Fort Wayne the best city possible.”

The Play Ball initiative was launched in 2015 as a way to grow the game. Efforts include organizing baseball-related events and helping to rehab facilities.

“We’re honored to be part of this initiative to bring a new and exciting amenity to Hamilton Park,” Parks Department Director Steve McDaniel said in a statement.