"Ocracokers have long dreamed of a green space dedicated to recreation, a patch of grass large enough for baseball, soccer, or other field sports. Over the years as the island's small amount of buildable land dwindled, the likelihood of finding and affording a large enough tract became more and more remote.
"Two years ago a group of parents and interested citizens joined together with the mission of finding a home for an island baseball field. This 'Baseball Committee' refused to accept the idea that Ocracoke didn't have room for a ball field....
"[T]he Baseball Committee joined forces with the Ocracoke Youth Center, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Youth Center was established in 1995 and provides recreational support to children and families on Ocracoke Island. Together their project mission became the purchase and development of land for a ball field and other recreational use. In December of 2012, the first step towards our 'field of dreams' was completed with the purchase of the last land within the village suitable for our purposes. Our new Ocracoke 'Community Park' will include a sports field for baseball and soccer and plans for a 2,400 square foot Activities Center."
|Ocracoke Blue Claws, 2012|
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And look for more information about this exciting project in the coming months.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a video of Philip Howard telling the story of the 1861 wreck of the Black Squall. You can watch it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032113.htm.