Hammer, saw, rollers, measuring tape.
Not the tools of Little League baseball unless work is being done outside the lines.
For the last few weeks, a handful of Carbondale Little League volunteers have been refurbushing the Pre-Teen Park Association’s meeting room above the organization’s concession stand.
The group targeted completion of the project to be before the start of Little League baseball season and the endeavour is right on schedule.
“We don’t have any idea the last time this meeting area had an overhaul,” said association member and coach, Joe Tolerico. “It’s probably at least 30 years.”
With Tolerico spearheading the effort, the entire upstairs was gutted. Approximately 25 pieces of sheetrock were used for new walls. Drywall work, putting moldings in place around floor and door trim, new doors, new tile floor, new drop ceiling and trim, painting and various other detail work was performed during the renovation.
Tolerico, Kyle Rossetti, Wally Sanderson, Mike Gillette and Larry Gabriel III formed the corp work detail while Guy Higdon and a handful of others added their assistance to the project.
“We spent evenings and weekends on the project,” said Tolerico.
The project was made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor. All materials for the project were donated.
“This would have been an $8,000-$10,000 project if everything had to be paid for by our assocation,” noted Tolerico.
Tolerico, Sanderson and Rossetti will be putting the rollers, measuring tape and hammer down and picking up the bat, balls and gloves as they change gear from hard hats to baseball caps.
With the start of the Little League season on the horizon, the concession stand and now, the spacious meeting room above, are ready to go.
With the new look upstairs and the three windows facing the diamond providing a view of the game from that vantage point, perhaps luxury boxes, complete with meal plans, are the next project in the line-up for Tolerico.