Cal Ripken cuts ribbon at Allison Hill baseball field

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 11, 2013 4:50 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Children in one midstate community are getting a new place to play, thanks in part to one of the biggest names in baseball.

Orioles legend Cal Ripken, Jr. is a driving force behind the new "Mark and Betty Butler Field at Ollies Bargain Outlet Park" in Harrisburg's Allison Hill neighborhood.

Ripken says the $1M facililty to be managed by the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg is a gift for the underserved youth of the city.

"We wanted to get in front of kids, we wanted to have programs, but we also realized they needed safe venues, safe places to play," Ripken says. "By putting in a big league-caliber place like this, there's a certain pride the community has in a place like this, and you'll protect this area for the sake of the kids."

The Hall of Fame player was joined by his brother, major league veteran and broadcaster Bill Ripken, as they cut the ribbon at the park Wednesday.

The new facility has a synthetic playing field and a digital scoreboard.

The project is supported by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, a nod to the legacy of the ballplayers' father.

Ollies is donating some $200,000 over the next two years to support new programs at the park.

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