Dedication of Renovated Field at Bellevue Vets is Thursday

The Cincinnati Reds, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the Cincinnati Zoo, and Duke Energy are partnering for a day-long service project on Thursday at the Bellevue Vets Complex.

Over 200 volunteers will be working on projects throughout the day including:

• New synthetic turf infield and renovated outfield that will be home to the Bellevue High School baseball team

• “Palace of the Fans” backstop along with new dugouts, fencing and scoreboard

• Groeschen Family Press Box

• Army Spc. Russell Madden T-Ball field

• New playground, interior and exterior painting and landscaping

The Bellevue Vets is located at 24 Fairfield Ave. in Bellevue.

The volunteers will begin work at 9 a.m. and the dedication and ribbon-ceremony for St. Elizabeth Healthcare Field at the Bellevue Vets is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Scheduled to speak at the dedication ceremony are:

• Bob Castellini, Cincinnati Reds CEO

• Garren Colvin, St. Elizabeth President & CEO

• Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo Director

• Amy Spiller, Duke Energy State President, Ohio & Kentucky

The project has significant connections to two Bellevue families. The press box at the new high school field will be named in honor of Tom and Leo Groeschen. Tom was a longtime Greater Cincinnati sportswriter who passed away in November. His father Leo was a Red Sox draft pick and prospect before serving in the Korean War. Leo was also a legendary coach at Bellevue Vets. The renovated T-ball field will be named for Army Spc. Russell Madden, who lost his life while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Russell and Tom both played ball at the Bellevue Vets complex as kids.

The Bellevue field renovation is one of two “Legacy Projects” the Reds Community Fund is overseeing in 2019 celebrating the 150th anniversary of Baseball’s First Professional Team – the 1869 Red Stockings.

The second Legacy Project, Frank Robinson Field at Ross Park in St. Bernard, Oh., was dedicated on August 1.

-Staff report

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