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Why are there no scoreboards at Olsen Park?

Tom Grady
StarNews

City of Wilmington athletics supervisor John Rancke indicated the construction funding came up short on the scoreboards, as a finishing touch for the softball/baseball fields at Olsen Park.

“The money we were going to use for scoreboards at Olsen Park was used in some construction issues that we had to resolve before we could get the park open,” Rancke said.

He said scoreboards could be installed if the funding becomes available or “if we can get them donated.”

The electrical service has been placed to the areas where the scoreboards are to be installed. And PVC pipe has been set underground to run the control wires to each site.

“We did try to do some preliminary work when we were building the fields,” Rancke said, adding each scoreboard will run approximately eight to nine thousand dollars.

“We would like to have them because it looks more complete.”

He said for weekend tournaments, the teams are not using official scorekeepers at this stage. But for league games, scorekeepers or umpires announce the score after each half-inning.

In the years leading up to the Olsen Park opening, the scoreboards were not used at Godwin Stadium, Myrtle Grove Middle School or Roland-Grise Middle School.

For Olsen Park, Rancke said, “It may be a great opportunity for someone that wanted to advertise, to buy them and put them up on all five fields. But it just hasn’t come about yet.”

Related links:

Why are the fields locked at Olsen Park?

Do people still play softball at night in the park behind the MLK Center?

What’s the status of the Smith Creek Park project?

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