The Duluth City Parks Department, along with Mayor Larson, have made the decision to close several city parks including Wheeler, Western, and Lake Park to all organized competitive sports use through July 1, 2020. Efffective May 13th, the Temporary Closures and Restrictions announcement released by the City of Duluth shut down all organized team sports on city property.
While it is important that we adhere to these guidelines and closures, we understand that this announcement will have a major impact on the summer baseball season and ultimately our players and families. In effect, we will be unable to have any organized practices, games, or tournaments until these restrictions are lifted.
Lake Park Baseball, like many other organizations, has much to consider in regard to our house league and tournament teams participation in baseball this summer. As we discuss different options for moving the schedule, our efforts are focused on the health and safety of our players, coaches, umpires and fans.
As the timeline of possible return to play changes we are continuing to evaluate and discuss viable options for returning to play sometime after the 4th of July. At this time we have not made any final decisions on whether we will return to play or cancel the season for the year.
We are currently working on an adapted house league schedule that could begin after the 4th of July and potentially run through August. Any schedule would be tentative and be subject to change as the City Of Duluth, Mayor, and local health officials make decisions that could further affect possible start dates. As we work on these adaptations, we are being mindful of our budget and the possibility that partial refunds of registration fees may be necessary. We ask for your continued patience as we work through these decisions.
We will share information and provide details of our plans to move forward as we can. We are certainly hoping to play baseball this summer and will be working hard to ensure that when these restrictions are lifted we can move forward in a safe, healthy, and responsible way. If we determine this is not possible, the season may be cancelled.
Please continue to adhere to the closure guidelines at our facilities and limit your use of fields and batting cages to individuals from the same household who wish to engage exclusively with each other.
Lake Park Baseball
We are pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 2020 Baseball Season!
Within registration you will find guidelines for what level of play your children should typically be playing at based on birthdate. That in mind, if you have requests for playing outside of the recommended group of play you can petition the board at email@example.com.
We encourage you to inform other community families that you think would enjoy playing with your sons and daughters at Lake Park. It’s going to be a great season, and we look forward to seeing you at the park.
Rain is always an issue in the summer. Games will be played in the rain as long as the field does not become unsafe. Any observed lightning, games will be halted. Wait a minimum of 30 minutes from the last observed lightning or thunder before resuming activities.
The league covers a large geographic area, the players and parents should never assume that because it is raining in their area, it is raining at the fields. Please assume the game will be played unless you are notified otherwise.