[divider]Fulton County, NY and Gloversville specifically has a newfound economic development diamond in Parkhurst Field. The Parkhurst Field Foundation has launched plans to develop Parkhurst Field into a destination for Little League and travel teams from around the country.
We partnered with Darrin Romeyn and DM Romeyn Civil Engineering Design, of Gloversville, to design Parkhurst Field as a destination. It was subsequently 3D rendered by Nicole Battisti as a short video (below) Stan Kucel of Kucel Contractors Inc., Gloversville, has worked with developers and subcontractors to quote the work needed to rebuild Parkhurst Field as a destination. They donated their time and vision to the project because of the positive economic impact it could have for the city and region.
The development plan would create five regulation fields capable of hosting standard Little League teams or 50/70 tournament teams from around the country, a lighted premier field on the original 1906 home plate location of A.,J.&G. Park, a scaled version of the original grandstands, new batting cages, concession stand and amenities on the nine acre park. It would create the look and feel of a 100 year old ballpark, including a planned vintage train past the left field wall, a nod to the origins of the field and the F.,J.&G Railroad which built it.
The plan first maintains Parkhurst as the home of Gloversville Little League with baseball and softball fields for all ages. But travel baseball is big business in the United States. Teams travel to destinations; pay to play tournaments on non-descript fields and parks; spend thousands on food, lodging and souvenirs while in the region. Given Parkhurst Field’s rich history and proximity to Cooperstown, we believe teams would love to play tournaments in town and on the same grounds so many greats like Honus Wagner, Cy Young and Moonlight Doc Graham played on. The Foundation has entered into an agreement with Gloversville Little League for exclusive use of Parkhurst Field between July 10th and Labor Day each year.
We envision 15-20 teams per week playing here during the non-Little League season, bringing over 300 families and hundreds of thousands of dollars to this region per tournament.
Based on the conservative estimate of $1.8M direct spending in the region, the Parkhurst Field project would support over 32 jobs in the area once opened. In addition, the construction of Parkhurst Field would support approximately 20 construction jobs, based on most national construction reports.