A Norwich little league field with a long history is in need of some big improvements after being repeatedly vandalized.
Now, city officials are weighing their options and they are trying to come up with the best game plan.
The city-owned John Sikorski Complex in Taftville has been around for years. While the grounds are maintained, the dugouts and bleachers are in complete disrepair.
Norwich Little League Board of Directors member Ken Keeley said the graffiti has been an ongoing issue. However, Keeley said recent damage on the field probably happened within the last two weeks.
"Nobody in little league is paid. It's all volunteer, and then you have other kids who just come along and just want to destroy everything,” Keeley said. “It sickens you."
The city is considering replacing the dugouts or making some repairs. Officials said a complete overhaul would cost about $40,000.
“If the city owns it and the city wants to spend some money, we would love it because we don't have the money,” Keeley said.
“I think it's too far gone, and I don't think that people will stop because even the cops coming and stuff,” neighbor 70-year-old Taylor Stevens said. “They still keep showing up, doing what they're doing."
Stevens, who has lived next door to the field his entire life and also played on the field, said it's a tough call.
“I hate to see it go, but at the same time if it makes it safer for our younger children, I'm OK with it,” Stevens said.
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