Eight years of vast piles of dirt and river rocks have now been transformed into smooth, playable ball fields in Bohn Park, on 2nd Avenue, Lyons. We’ve gone through four mayors and several staff people hired to unravel the state and federal rules for grants and financing.
There are now two ball fields, with eight Lyons Parks & Recreation co-ed League teams, pitted against each other for four games — two on each of the two fields — every Wednesday. And, sponsored by local businesses. Lisa Ramsey, Parks and Recreation Coordinator, organized the games.
“Thanks to Chris Cope, manager of the Natural Disasters, and Dan Bruckner, manager of the Hooligans, who were instrumental in helping me understand the previous set-up of the league and the league rules,” said Lisa. “And Marissa Davis too, of course! (previous Recreation Supervisor) Chris Cope was also very helpful in spreading the word and recruiting players for the league.”
Many of the players (whether it was their week to play or not), their families, and some town residents showed up for a low-key opening of the ball fields on Wednesday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Nicholas Angelo gave a welcome speech. He asked for a moment of silence in honor of a recently deceased Trustee and Council member.
Mayor Angelo later shared, “The person I mentioned was Kelsey Hickok. She was a teacher, coach, mentor, especially for the girls. She also was a member of the Board of Trustees who I served with. It was her idea to name the smaller field at Bohn that got washed away after Gaspar Vasquez; one of the new fields was named after him as well.”
Then Dave Cosgrove, Parks & Recreation Director, cut the ribbon to officially open the ball fields. It was a sunny day in small town Lyons and teams were ready to PLAY BALL!
Earlier in June, several people recalled the old games and teams, going back to the 1930s up to 2013. Many spoke of the Vasquez Lyons ball games, which were competitive tournaments, with membership open to non-locals. The public games against other towns brought pride to Lyons. Various teams and leagues would come and go over the decades. Old-timer LaVern Johnson reminisced about playing ball in 1939 in Meadow/LaVern-Johnson Park as a young girl. She was glad when girls were eventually allowed to play in school sports. And, unfortunately, she got hit with a ball smack in her nose!
There is always room for more players, particularly to act as substitutes. Currently Jill Jacob has a call out for players. Umpires get paid $50 by the Town. Contact Lisa Ramsey for more information LRamsey@townoflyons.com or call Town Hall. There is also a Facebook page with the latest information, such as practice days and scores. Lisa was also in charge of the Youth League, which was a huge undertaking. Thanks for her hard work this summer. Hopefully, it will be easier to fill slots, including umpires, in the future to ease her stress.
The Lyons Recorder was unable to get the final score for last week’s games, as of publication date, July 8th. Chris Cope has been assisting Lisa in organizing the teams, and he gives the following 1st game scores: Official results from week 1:
Hooligans over Red Sauce 9-5
Jr’s Offspring over Howlers 13-4
Spirit Hounds over Green Sauce 18-3
Natural Disasters over Free Agents 9-5
The fun doesnt stop after the games! Teams head on out for a drink and food after. The photos shows the team Natural Disasters at the Main Street Brewery’s outdoor dining.
Team players exchanged their ”best stories of the day.” ~~~ Omar Postigo-Martell said, “Most hilarious play of the first night must have been when the tall dude from Spirit Hound team (don’t know his name) tripped running and smashed his face (from my angle) on the first base. Instant classic! And don’t forget the idiot from Red Sauce team who forgot his bag at home in Boulder and had to play several innings barefoot! LOL” ~~~Wendy Sucha Hutt said, “Bummer Mike, ice ice baby!! So fun, so many years since playing, so we’ve slowed down a bit, but still as fun. Loved seeing so many friends & smiles. Appreciate all the hard work for so many to get this started again. Thanks Chris Cope, for keeping us all in the loop and playing.~~~
Organizer/helper Chris Cope said, “All the credit goes to Dave Cosgrove and staff for getting the fields rebuilt, despite a level of FEMA red tape that was astounding for dirt, grass and fencing. Huge credit goes to Lisa Ramsey for pulling the league together, (Lyons Recorder) Kathleen Spring for all of the press to help get us to the number of sign-ups needed, (Town Parks Employee) Crystal L White for being the town muscle in the parks and watching after the construction, (Town Clerk) Marissa Davis for first pulling this league together in 2008 and the Lyons BoT (Board of Trustees) for sticking with this rebuild through all of the obstacles. And of course, without 100 people signing up and generous sponsors helping with team fees, we have no league. Also a huge shout-out to Ron and Rhonda, our amazing park hosts in Bohn Park for watching after the fields and cheering us on in practice while we shook loose various pieces of cartilage to become semi-mobile again. Another priceless moment from last night: the shock on (Town Administrator) Victoria Frideres Simonsen’s face upon hearing our team name – which we’ve had since 2010…and refuse to change.” And, his best story was: “Michael Richardson pulled a hammie attempting to steal home.”
There are 108 players signed up.
Games are every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both fields at Bohn Park. There are four games — two per field — each Wednesday
Each team plays every week through Aug 18 which is the night of the “playoffs”.
8 teams total:
Red Sauce (Mojo’s)
Green Sauce (Mojo’s)
Read more memories– see our previous article.