Field of Dreams project: Bringing Tech’s home games closer to home

techsoftballresize.jpgEven home games are a trek for the student-athletes at many Oakland schools. Oakland Tech is one of them.

A campaign called Field of Dreams aims to raise $1.2 million to create softball and baseball fields on the old Carter Middle School grounds, two blocks away.

Construction started earlier this month on the new baseball field, which should be ready for the spring 2008 season. Now boosters need to raise the rest of the money.

Here is an appeal that parent Phil Williams sent out to some Bulldogs, which explains the project. Note the wonderful use of the word “moxie”:

Fellow Tech Parents, Staff and Friends:

We need Money, Materials, Man-power, and Moxie.

The Field of Dreams is a project to provide Oakland Tech with Baseball and Softball home fields on the Carter Middle School campus at 45th and Webster, just two blocks from Tech.  Historically, the baseball teams have played at Bushrod, and the softball team plays at Mosswood.  Both sites are remote from Tech and this makes getting to practices and games a chore for everyone — players, coaches, fans, parents ….

The Field of Dreams has two phases, and will cost 1.2 million dollars.  Phase one is on a fast track. We broke ground on September 8, 2007 and plan to be ready for February 2008 baseball, with a projected cost for this initial phase of $200,000.  Installation of the softball field and extensive upgrade of the overall space will be the focus of Phase 2.

Last weekend KTVU gave us some very good coverage of the project …
Raising the funds for the full project will take more than a few months.  Having been granted a window of opportunity to convert this space for Tech, we decided to quickly establish the baseball diamond, thereby reserving the remaining area for complete development, once the total resources are organized.

Donations of money are urgently needed, at any level, to maintain our momentum, and ensure that Phase One goes to completion by February 1.  Our non-profit partner is Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation (FOPR).  Tax deductible donation checks should be made payable to “Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation”, with “Field of Dreams” on the memo line, and forwarded to:

Paul Brekke-Miesner
2400 38th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94601

Please take a moment to reflect on your own friends and acquaintances who might be able to contribute significant funds, services, or connections.  Alumni, former pro players, political figures, contractors who could donate services?  Let us know your ideas.

Questions or requests for tours can be addressed to Coach Eric Clayton at 510-867-0917.

Please share in our excitement, and help make this dream a reality.  Let’s show that a grassroots association of parents, players, staff and friends can make a big project like this happen.  Go Bulldogs!!

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.