Baseball: Tigers launch paver fundraiser project
Douglas High baseball coach Bruce Jacobsen believes he’s found a multi-purpose fundraiser that will raise funds for the program while simultaneously improving the overall appearance and functionality of Tiger Field.
Coaches and team members are selling paver stones that will make up a 5,000-square-foot walkway extending from the entrance of the high school’s ball park west of right field around home plate and to the snack back bar along the third-base line.
“We’re really excited about the project,” Jacobsen said. “It’ll generate some money to help clean up the field and build some more to add to one of the best baseball facilities in Northern Nevada.
“What I like about it is that with the lifetime nature of the project, there is just a real community feel to it.”
The stones, which are being manufactured in Nevada and engraved by Minden’s Legacy Paving Stone, will be personalized with up to four lines of 12 characters each per stone.
Individual bricks will start at $50, which includes the engraving.
Businesses will also be able to purchase one-square-foot pavers, equating to four individual pavers, and can have their advertisement engraved into the brick.
“We had the idea because we have this beautiful park and the one eye sore is when you are walking in,” Jacobsen said. “It’s all sand and gravel over there which doesn’t really match the rest of the field. But more importantly, it has caused us trouble in terms of being wheelchair accessible.
“We have black mats out there, which help, but a lot of times, someone will have to bring a car down that back alley there in order to get a wheelchair to the bleachers. This project will eliminate all of that and it’ll add to the aesthetics of the field.”
Jacobsen said the Douglas High All-Sports Boosters Club gave the baseball program a donation that would get the project moving.
“Originally we were going to sell as many bricks as we could this year and install the walkway next year,” Jacobsen said. “But with the boosters’ contribution, we have the kids out selling as many as they can now and we’ll hopefully be installing them in about two months.”
In the meantime, Jacobsen said Scott Hoyle from Curtis & Sons Construction and Ray Van Winkle of V&C Construction have donated their time to handle the prep work for the project.
“They’re going to come in and handle the site prep, the tamping, the concrete work and even laying the brick,” Jacobsen said. “We’re hoping the dirt work can be complete in about two months and then we can install the walkway.”
The initial batch of engraved bricks will be laid with the project, but Jacobsen said the team will sell pavers every year and install the additions in groups as they sell every 100 bricks.
“Each year it’ll be a new class of kids and we’ll take the unused pavers out and replace them with the personalized ones. The size of the project will amount to about 19,000 pavers, so we’ve got some time and some room to get this done.
“We’re hoping it’ll be a 10-year project that will really help sustain the program. There are projects on our wish this that this fundraiser will really help with. We’re talking about a new infield somewhere down the road, an indoor facility, things like that.”
The path will be 10-feet wide and Jacobsen plans to include “landmark” stones commemorating no-hitters, championship teams, players that went on to play professional ball and player of the year award winners.
Jacobsen said the program also plans to move the school’s baseball hall of fame outside to the ballpark (inductees are currently posted on plaques in the school’s gym) and that it will resume inducting members this spring (the latest inductees played in 1994).
Anyone interested in purchasing a paver stone can visit legacypavingstone.com and choose Nevada, Minden and Douglas High School Baseball under the “Quick Order” window, or they can call Jacobsen (721-3854) or assistant coach Alex Sigheri (721-9706). All Douglas High baseball players will also be selling bricks for the next several weeks.