Lake Station's 55-year-old Little League seeks representation on city's plan

2012-09-27T21:44:00Z 2012-09-28T00:00:03Z Lake Station's 55-year-old Little League seeks representation on city's planDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | Lake Station Little League president Karen Knight is hoping to get a call from Mayor Keith Soderquist.

Knight and other league officers are on board playing on the Field of Dreams fields east of Four Winds Park next year, but want input through representation on the mayor's steering committee.

"No one on the current board has been asked to be on the steering committee. We'd like to be part of it," Knight said.

League vice president Chris Chabes said a number of questions about a proposed takeover by the parks department remain.

"We need to sit down with him and go to the table. I'm not sure they have a master plan. It will be a meeting of the minds," Chabes said.

Soderquist said two of the city's new fields in the Field of Dreams complex went unused this past season after disagreements between city officials and the Lake Station Little League.

Soderquist said a resolution now appears to be forthcoming and that he formed a steering committee to determine the future of the fields.

"We're forming a steering committee and then we'll decide which program is best. It may not be Little League or Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth," Soderquist said.

Knight said she'd love for the parks department to take over the program, as Soderquist is proposing, but believes the program should be maintained as Lake Station Little League.

The plan for the past five years has been that the Lake Station Little League would be the ones calling the Field of Dreams home, Knight said.

"We've always been worried about revenue to pay umpires and equipment and now he's saying he'll buy equipment and pay for umpires for Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth.

"Why didn't he offer it to us? That was never offered until the last meeting with him. He's got us competing against them and we shouldn't have to compete," Knight said.

Presently, the 55-year-old Lake Station Little League uses fields near Meister School for practice and plays games on fields on property leased off of Union Street.

Knight said her group this past year played or practiced on those same fields since the new Field of Dreams complex weren't completed. 

"We hope the mayor calls us. We want to keep Lake Station Little League alive. Why change something that has worked for 55 years?" Knight asked.

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