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Quakertown celebrates new multi-purpose field


Friday night lights ... baseball style.

Quakertown Community School District students, athletes, parents, school board directors and administrators came together to celebrate the district’s new multi-purpose field during a grand opening ceremony held prior to the baseball team’s home opener against Perkiomen School last Friday evening, March 22.

Featuring artificial turf grass, a new batter’s eye and a lighting system, the field will be used for baseball, field hockey and soccer. Located next to the Sixth Grade Center on the corner of South Ninth and Main streets, the field also addresses a previous drainage issue and provides future cost savings due to low maintenance and the minimal upkeep needed throughout the seasons, a district news release noted.

St. Luke’s University Health Network in Quakertown assisted in funding the upgraded digital scoreboard and is partnering with the district to provide athletic training services at no cost, the school district added.

Baseball head coach Jonathan Pallone opened the ceremony and expressed his gratitude for the field on behalf of district athletics.

“For far too long we have yearned for a place to call our own during those crucial months of March and early April. Today that yearning transforms into a reality,” Pallone said. “This field represents more than just a place for baseball, soccer, and field hockey to play, it symbolizes the heart of our community where dreams are nurtured, victories are celebrated, and life-long bonds are formed.”

Quakertown Community School District Superintendent Dr. Matthew Friedman threw out the first pitch, Quakertown’s Varsity Singers performed the national anthem and the high school band performed “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the fifth inning.

Quakertown, which fell to Perkiomen 6-3, is back on its home diamond against Parkland April 1.

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