Dominion volunteers help renovate Deltaville Ballpark
|Over 30 volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power’s Gloucester Office spent all day on April 20 painting historic Deltaville Ballpark. See a feature story with photos on the ballpark in the May issue of the Rivah Visitor’s Guide. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)|
For nearly 70 years, Deltaville Ballpark has stood as a home to local baseball players from across the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. However, with the passage of over 20 years since the last significant renovation, the historic park has not been looking as good as it used to.
An effort is under way to revitalize the ballpark and on Wednesday, April 20, 33 volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power’s Gloucester Office spent the day with paint brushes, rollers, and spray guns repainting the entire ballpark.
More than 80 gallons of paint were needed to give the stadium, dugouts, bathrooms, concession stand, and outfield fence a fresh look. A task of that size would seem daunting to a small group, but in a matter of seven hours, the large contingent of volunteers brought the ballpark back to life, said an event spokesperson.
The volunteer labor was not the only contribution to the ballpark. Dominion contributed a $10,000 grant toward renovations for the ballpark. These improvements will include replacement of the roof and construction of handicap accessible seating and restrooms. The grant by Dominion will help fund part of the multi-phase plan to maintain and improve the ballpark while maintaining the historic environment.
The project was completed just in time for the events at the ballpark that will begin in May, including the May 14 Deltaville Seafood Festival, May 21 Middlesex Little League Day at the Ballpark, and the 2016 Deltaville Deltas and American Legion baseball seasons.