Northeast Tarrant

Donations will help Keller repair damaged fields

The damage done at Keller recreation fields last week.
The damage done at Keller recreation fields last week. Handout

Just a few inches of snow and some doughnuts caused quite a bit of damage and delayed Keller kids’ games.

According to the Keller Police Department, vehicles doing “doughnuts” — spinning around for fun — in the snow on Feb. 27 ripped up the lawn in front of Keller Town Hall and some of the athletic fields at Keller Sports Park. The city estimated it would cost up to $10,000 to repair, and some repairs were expected to take weeks.

But thanks to donations from the Texas Rangers and the Keller Youth Association and some help from local volunteers, the fields may be ready sooner than expected.

The professional baseball team in Arlington heard about the damage and wanted to help with donation of up to $5,000, according to the organization.

“The Texas Rangers Foundation always looks for ways to support youth baseball and if an emergency situation arises, we want to be able to support those that are playing baseball and giving kids an opportunity to play,” said John Blake, executive vice president of communications.

According to the city, dozens of volunteers were ready to begin work as soon as Thursday afternoon, and the Keller Youth Association made a $5,000 donation as well.

Gary Davis, parks maintenance and development manager, said the donations and volunteers will “get us back on the field even faster.”

A baseball tournament was canceled last weekend because the fields weren’t safe. The area has received a lot of precipitation in the past few weeks, and the fields are saturated, Davis said.

Renovations and repairs are expected to start Monday, with the hopes of opening different pieces of the Sports Park during the week and having it all done by the weekend, “barring any more rain.”

Davis said the weather and damage have caused a week’s delay in the Keller Youth Association’s softball and baseball schedules, and that the young athletes are “chomping at the bit to get out there.”

“These folks who did the doughnuts really set us back,” Davis said.

Keller police were still searching for the suspects from Feb. 27. Security footage shows two Chevrolet pickups spinning on the lawn in front of Town Hall, but it’s unknown if they are connected to the damage at the Sports Park, which was discovered March 2.

Police have asked that residents who recognize the vehicles or have any other information relating to the incidents contact Keller police at 817-743-4500.

Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808

Twitter: @MarkSmith_FWST