Youth Development Parks

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is partnering with communities across America to design and facilitate the creation of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Youth Development Parks. These multipurpose, synthetic turf, low-maintenance facilities are designed to provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for children, particularly in at-risk communities.

Many urban ball fields have experienced decades of abuse and neglect. Fields have become overrun with trash and are frequently used as a market place for various forms of criminal and delinquent activity. With your help, the new ballparks will be shared with youth-serving organizations and leagues providing a safe place for kids to play and learn. Upon completion of the project, the parks are gifted to the youth-serving partner so the children have access, ownership, and pride for their park. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will continue to have a presence at these fields and implement character education programming and clinics for youth.

Where are these Youth Development Parks? Scroll down to see our Youth Development Park projects at various stages: completed, under development, and coming soon.

 

 

The ribbon is "cut" as kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond run onto the Richard J. November Field for the first time.

If your community is not listed below and you are interested in working together with us to build a park, please complete this questionnaire.

Completed Parks

Cal, Sr.’s Yard - Aberdeen, Maryland

Opened 2005: natural grass field; 2011: synthetic turf installed

Memorial Field – Baltimore, Maryland

Opened 2010


Cal, Jr. and Bill Ripken placed home plate on its original spot at Memorial Stadium.

Richard J. November Field - Richmond, Virginia

Opened September 2011


Richard November and Bill Ripken

Sunshine Ballpark - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Opened May 2012: Two fields - one is an Ability Field.

SpringSpirit Youth Sports and Education Complex - Houston, Texas

Opened March 2012


Jesse Tutor (SpringSpirit Baseball), Helena Brown (Houston City Council), Kenny Baldwin (SpringSpirit Baseball), Cal Ripken, Jr., Juan Arreola (SpringSpirit Baseball), and Elsa Delgado (Hollibrook Elementary School)

Springfield Central High School Field – Springfield, Massachusetts

Opened 2012

East Rotary Field – Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Opened 2012

Patterson Park Youth Sports Center Powered by Under Armour - Baltimore, Maryland

Kids doing drills


Opened 2012

2X Salt Ministries Turf Field Training Center -Charlotte, NC

Opened 2012

Baker Field - Naples, Florida

Opened December 2012


Ribbon Cutting with Bakers & Cal

Mark & Betty Butler Field at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Park – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Opened April 2013

Ribbon Cutting with Butlers, Cal and Bill

NAPA Auto Parts Field – Bridgeport, Connecticut

Opened April 2013

Hinton Park - Queens, New York

Opened July 2013

MLB All-Star Game Legacy Project
Partners: MLB, NY Mets, and NYC Parks Department

Sarah Vaughn Field of Dreams - Greenville, NC

Opened July 2013

North Commons Field – Minneapolis, MN

Opened September 2013

Opened September 2013

Eddie Phillips Field – Minneapolis, MN – Fairview

Opened November 2013

Opened November 2013

Park Heights Field – Baltimore, MD

Opened November 2013

Ribbon Cutting with Dick Cass (Baltimore Ravens), Mayor Stephanie Rawlings- Blake, Cal Ripken, Jr., Senator Frank Kelly (Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc.), Steve Salem (Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation), and Frank Kelly III (Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc.)

Under Development

Aberdeen, MD – Vi Ripken Field

Partner: City of Aberdeen and Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County
Feature(s): One field
Projected Year Complete: 2013

Annapolis, MD

Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County
Feature(s): One field
Projected Year Complete: 2013

Baltimore, MD – Kennedy Krieger Institute

Partner: Kennedy Krieger Institute
Feature(s): Ability Field
Projected Year Complete: 2014

Baltimore, MD – Babe Ruth Field

Partner: St. Agnes Hospital
Feature(s): One Field
Projected Year Complete: 2014

Chicago, IL

Partner: Union League Boys & Girls Club
Feature(s): One Field
Projected Year Complete: 2014

Coming Soon

  • Aberdeen, MD-Vi Ripken Field
  • Annapolis, MD
  • Austin, TX
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Baltimore, MD-Babe Ruth Field
  • Baltimore, MD-Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Baltimore, MD-Latrobe Park
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Bridgeport, CT (2)
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Everett, WA
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Hartford, CT (Three parks)
  • Helena, AR
  • Hutto, TX
  • Independence, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Mar Vista – Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New Port News, VA
  • New Windsor, MD
  • North Little Rock, AR
  • Olathe, KS
  • Pasaic, NJ
  • Queens, NY
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Robbinsdale, MN
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • South Bronx, NY
  • Spokane, WA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Waterville, ME
  • West Memphis, AR
  • Wichita, KS
  • Wichita Falls, TX

 

 

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