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The Diamond Dreams Campaign is a collaborative, community-based initiative to renovate and expand the baseball diamond at Jack Farrell Park so that it meets regulation size for middle-school-aged players.

—OUR ULTIMATE GOAL—

To promote fair and accessible baseball for the youth of East Palo Alto.

Join us today to fulfill a dream.

Background

Jack Farrell Park in East Palo Alto is one of the city’s only dedicated baseball diamonds. Unfortunately, it is too small to serve as a home field for youth beyond age 12. Diamond Dreams solves this inequity through refurbishment, expansion, and installation of turf to ensure all East Palo Alto youth can develop their Major League aspirations.

Today in East Palo Alto, there is no opportunity for youth ages 12–15 to have a home field advantage or even participate in higher level baseball. These field size restrictions prevent them from being equipped to play in middle school, high school, and beyond.

Currently, the Park is home to:

[1] an outdoor basketball court,
[2] Little League baseball field (sized for youth ages 4 – 12),
[3] kids’ playground, and
[4] fitness equipment

CURRENT
SITUATION

[1] The current park layout is 3.73 acres and the baseball diamond is 60 feet between bases—Little League standards.
[2] The outfield fence is a permanent structure that limits consideration of other activities on the field.
[3] A dormant (and in need of refurbishing) batting cage takes up space on the left field base side

PROJECT
GOALS

Accessibility:
Extend the field to 80–90 feet to allow players ages 12–15 to participate in baseball without leaving the city.

Adaptability:
Replace the permanent outfield with a retractable fence that allows other sports to use the field during the baseball off-season. The field can also be used for softball, adaptive (Challenger) baseball, soccer, and more.

Durability:
Replacing the grass with synthetic turf not only makes it easier to maintain the playing surface, using less water, but it also increases safety and replicates the fields athletes will play on when traveling to communities like Atherton and Palo Alto.

Equity:
In the center of the city, Jack Farrell Park is accessible to all residents by foot, bike, bus, or car. Close to schools, a community center, and public services, the field will remove the significant barrier of travel from the equation.

FUNDRAISING
PLAN

The project is estimated at $1.5 million to renovate the field and extend it with a retractable fencing system.

Wender Weis Foundation for Children aims to raise all funds privately through donations, sponsorships, and partnerships during a two-year exclusive agreement with the City.

If necessary, the project can be completed in phases.