Flooding

On Monday morning, Angleberger Little League Field on West Second Street in Baker Park was completely underwater, and some of the outfield fence had been damaged.

In the past couple of weeks, city officials had mowed the outfield at Angleberger Field in an effort to make the field playable by the fall.

But several inches of rain hit the area Monday, including Baker Park. And Rick Wilson was messaged several photos of the field being underwater.

“I have to be honest with you — it’s a punch in the gut,” said Wilson, president of Frederick American Little League, which uses the field.

On Monday morning, Angleberger Field was completely underwater, and some of the outfield fence had been damaged. Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor surveyed the scene, and said that although Baker Park is designed to flood to prevent further damage downtown, that hurts Angleberger.

“Unlike some of the softball diamonds that seem to dry out and become usable relatively quickly, this Little League diamond has suffered its fair share of damage,” O’Connor said.

He added that city officials are looking at other locations for a field across the city for Frederick American.

Wilson said one of those locations could be at Hargett Farm along Butterfly Lane. O’Connor didn’t rule out that option, but he said city officials need to discuss the proposal with Wilson and league officials, as initial park plans didn’t include a Little League field.

“That doesn’t mean it can’t be a place for a Little League diamond,” O’Connor said.

Frederick American is using a $30,000 grant from Little League and Shockley Honda to restore a Little League field at Braddock Heights Community Center.

Wilson said that work should start in the next couple of weeks — but given the constant flooding at Angleberger, it’s time to start looking at other areas.

“There’s a lot of history, but how many times can you get kicked before you realize you have to do something else,” Wilson said. “I just feel bad for the kids.”

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

(10) comments

KMRD1

Stop building in Frederick and this would have not happened. Also instead of the City dumping money into a hotel, moving statues and busts, and spending $291k to fix a fountain that the only people that will appreciate it will be the homeless and street ergents taking baths in it, use the money to fix the Ron Young Flood Control plan and bring it up to the 2020’s. It isn’t even ready for 1990 Frederick.

jsklinelga

It would be outright foolish to try and save this field. I too looked at it today. It does have some history but it is a Little League field. It is a casualty, a necessary causality, of the Carroll Creek project. It does not have the same historical significance as North Frederick which was the first Little League field in Frederick. As I looked at the field today i remembered how cool it was to play with real dugouts. i remember the men who dedicated their free time to build the dugouts. I remember how hard my dad worked for this field. He was President of the league at that time. Many kids played there. But it is just a little league diamond. Hopefully the city can fine a great place to build a new one. The present location could still be used for youth sports but ones needing less infrastructure, Move on.

Crusty Frederick Man 64

Where is the article about city officials looking for other options as the WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANT OVERFLOWS AGAIN ?

gardenwhimsey

Until they find a permanent resolution to the problem, why couldn't the kids play at McCurdy Field?

Thewheelone

The little league field dimensions are different, gardenwhimsey. McCurdy is measured to regulation size for games requiring 90 foot base paths, etc.

gabrielshorn2013

Yes, it is, but the baselines can be temporarily shortened, thus making a smaller infield. Lots of places do this for different levels of play.

fredneck

The mound is too far. In addition this field is reserved for legion and babe Ruth.

fredneck

Gardenwhimsey, it’s the wrong size field. That is for high school ages

public-redux

I walked by there today. The newly installed chain link fence along right field was damaged from debris piling up against it. The previous chain link fence there was destroyed in last year’s flood. That fence is orthogonal to the water flow during a flood. The city might want to consider a fence that swings with the water flow. Much of the outfield fence is constructed that way.

public-redux

To be sure, even the swinging fence sections endured damage. I found one piece of the outfield fence 3 blocks downstream. But a fence that is not entirely fixed will likely suffer less damage than one that is. Or maybe it is time to replace the wooden fence with plastic safety fencing that can be easily removed.

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