The Oak Ridge Baseball Complex on Wilberforce Avenue could be re-named the Joe Mason Baseball Complex in honor of long-time community volunteer Joe Mason.
The Oak Ridge City Council will consider the re-naming during its Monday night meeting.
Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Director Jonathan Hetrick said administrators at Oak Ridge Schools and the Baseball Boosters Association have requested the re-naming.
“Mr. Mason is a 1958 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, where he lettered in baseball and football,” Hetrick said. “He has continued to support high school athletics in Oak Ridge, especially baseball, throughout his life. He spent many years coaching youth baseball in Oak Ridge. For over 30 years, he has led the maintenance efforts of the home field for the high school baseball team, Bobby Hopkins Field, along with the other ballfields at the complex.
“Mr. Mason’s efforts have elevated the quality of the ballfields to a level that bring great pride to the community. He has purchased maintenance equipment with his own funds and donated countless hours of his time. Mr. Mason’s efforts have positively impacted the lives of thousands of Oak Ridge youth over the years.”
Hetrick said the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Advisory Board unanimously endorsed the re-naming during a February 9 meeting.
The Monday night City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Courtroom. See the agenda here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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