Rushmore Little League spruces up baseball complex

Athletes and gardeners greened up a baseball complex for future players.

Rapid City Parks Department and Rushmore Little League completed their 2018 Rapid City Arbor Day project at the team’s minor complex on Friday.

Parents, players and coaches staked 27 saplings into place around the baseball diamonds. Maple, oak and other varieties of trees made up the leafy menagerie.

The young grove will grow alongside three other trees in the area. The project will beautify the area and provide shade for spectators in the years to come.

Project organizer Timm Johannesen said that the community project will provide players with a space where players can proudly take the field.

"In ten years from now, you can come by and look and see what they’ve accomplished and kind of get – you know, make sure they have a sense of accomplishment," Johannesen said. "Through a little bit of hard work, [the players] can come back and have something to show other people that [they’ve] made a difference."

The beautification project is one of several that have taken place over the years. Past improvements include the construction of new fences and fields, as well as upgrades to current playing areas.

The tree planting activity was also a Tree City USA event. The partnership promotes tree management and presentation within the community.

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