Jammer from the Joliet Jackhammers entertains children at Saturday's opening parade for Park Forest Baseball. (Photo: Wendy Heise)
Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Park Forest Baseball opened its 2008 season Saturday with a parade from the Village Green to the baseball diamonds in Central Park. While some rain fell in the early morning hours, it stopped long enough for about a hundred of young ball players and their coaches to make their way to a dedication ceremony for the new dugouts.
Organizers also awarded prizes to ballplayers who excelled in fundraising efforts while the Joliet Jackhammers' Jammer brought even more energy to an energetic group as he danced, jumped, and entertained the children and adults.
Participants began assembling at the flagpole on the Village Green before 7:30 a.m. Several Village officials were on hand as well, and police assisted with traffic. Senior Trustee Ken Kramer had the honor of cutting the ribbon for the new dugouts.
Just as the festivities wrapped up, a light rain began to fall. In spite of the intermittent rain throughout the day, teams were able to play all scheduled games Saturday.
Trustee Ken Kramer cuts the ribbon to dedicate the newly-constructed dugouts in Central Park. (Photo: Wendy Heise)