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Volunteers plan to refinish Madawaska softball, little league field

Drone24 captured this image of the Madawaska Public Tennis Courts following a renovation approved by the town. (Contributed photo)

MADAWASKA, Maine — A local businessman is calling on fellow business owners and other community members to help raise up to $10,000 to renovate and improve the public softball and little league field.

Ricky Nadeau, owner of Big Rick’s Burgers and Wings in Madawaska, is organizing the fundraising drive.

Nadeau and other volunteers seek to replace the infield with new material, build home and away dugouts, replace the lights and construct a scoreboard.

“The old Boy Scout building is also being repainted “Madawaska Blue” and will have restroom facilities and concessions inside,” according to a YouCaring fundraiser page Nadeau set up. The field is used for children’s tee ball and little league games during the summer months as well as middle and high-school baseball and softball games in the fall.

“The project is going great to start; we will begin the repairs in a few weeks,” Nadeau said.

Last year, Nadeau led the charge to raise $800 in funds to replace nets on the town’s tennis courts.  

Nadeau said he also plans to ask Madawaska Director of Economic Planning and Development Suzie Paradis to apply for a grant through a Major League Baseball program that helps bring baseball fields back to rural communities.

Big Ricks has committed $500 to the project.

The link to the YouCaring fundraiser is:

https://www.youcaring.com/childrenofmadawaska-868645

People also can bring donations to Big Rick’s Burgers and Wings at 284 Main Street in Madawaska.

For more information, call 207-400-2922.

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