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Stepping up to the plate

Bristol man gives back by improving local ballpark
The baseball park in Bristol is getting a makeover thanks to a few concerned residents.
The driveway leading to the ballpark has been in disrepair for some time, said Bristol resident Lena Pritchett. Because Bristol is unincorporated, she said if residents want something done for Bristol they must do it themselves.
The people who worked on the driveway last time didn’t do a great job, according to Pritchett. This time she called Gary Loyd, who is donating his time and resources to properly fix the driveway.
“All it took was one phone call to Gary. This is so important because we want people who come from out of town to enjoy their experience and know they have come to a safe and fun place,” Pritchett said.
Loyd said he is fixing the driveway because he wants to give back to the community.
“We don’t want them to tear up their cars when they come here,” Loyd said. “I had kids that grew up playing ball here and now I have grandkids who will play ball here. I want to keep it in shape for future generations.”
Loyd said he is not keeping track of how much money he is spending for the community.
Loyd’s son, Matthew, is helping his dad with the project.
“Matthew has helped. He’s my right arm. I’m getting older, and he’s here for me,” Loyd said.
Pritchett said they have to start getting the ballpark ready now so it will be in top shape by spring for baseball season. Kids want to play baseball and they need a driveway to get there, she said.
“Bristol is horseback riding, roping and baseball. We are going to have a rockin’ baseball season,” she said.
This Saturday, Oct. 25, the town will have a fund-raiser and clean-up day for the baseball park beginning at 4 p.m. There will be baked goods, hamburgers, drinks, snow cones and funnel cakes for sale. All proceeds from the sales will go to the ball field, Pritchett said, adding that money and help this Saturday would be greatly appreciated.
“We are a bedroom community. We need people who care about this community and who care about kids to come help out,” Pritchett said.
Pritchett said she is grateful for Loyd’s help.
“This is so cool,” she said. “The people doing this deserve recognition.”
If you have questions about the Clean-up Day call Lena or Shantell at 972-351-7669.

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