Northeast Tarrant

Texas Rangers donate to damaged Keller Sports Park

It didn’t look good for this weekend’s tournament in Keller.

The status of a youth baseball tournament this weekend at the Keller Sports Park was up in the air because of the weather and because of damage found on some of the fields.

According to the Keller Police Department, vehicles doing “doughnuts” -- spinning around for fun -- in the snow on Friday night 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 a donation from the Texas Rangers and some help from local volunteers, the fields may be ready to 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 are ready to begin work as soon as Thursday afternoon, and the Keller Youth Association is planning to make a donation as well.

Keller police are still searching for the suspects from Friday night. 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.

Mark David Smith, 817-390-7808

Twitter: @MarkSmith_FWST