A little league ball field in Taftville has been around for decades, and now it is showing its age.
With decaying dugouts and other structures, the city council backed a plan this week to divert $15,000 in community development block grant funds from other non-profits, to repair the park.
Neighbors said they like that plan.
"It's tired and it’s occupied a lot. A lot of kids use it. Even though it’s run down, it’s the only thing they have,” said Frank Imperato, who lives near the park.
The money for the renovations is coming from other budgets, and one of the projects that is losing money is the Habitat for Humanity in southeastern Connecticut for a house project on Western Avenue.
Officials said $6,700 was already approved, earmarked to repair a wall and take a tree down.
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Terri O’Rourke said they have to find another funding source.
"For us we have a lot more property to develop in Norwich so keeping the city in a good partnership with us is a very important part,” O’Rourke said.
Funds to repair the park are also being siphoned from Madonna Place, where officials will have to refigure how to budget a fatherhood initiative program.
Neighbors who work and live near the park said they are glad to see something being done.
"They need somewhere to go besides the basketball court...somewhere to play football, soccer,” said Benjamin Tetrault, who works near the park, said.
The funding for the park is some of the money that is needed, but officials said they will be looking for more.
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