Hollingsworth Park (Braintree, Massachusetts)
|Michael F. Dunn Little League Complex|
|Location||348 Pond Street, Braintree, Massachusetts, United States|
Hollingsworth Park, sometimes referred to as Hollingsworth Playground or simply Hollingsworth, is a public park and baseball complex in Braintree, Massachusetts, United States. The baseball complex located at Hollingsworth Park is known as the Michael F. Dunn Little League Complex and is home to Braintree American Little League. The Farm River runs past the west side of the park.
The playground equipment at Hollingsworth Park was nearly 35 years old when it was torn down in March 2014 due to safety concerns. A new playground was planned in July 2014 and building would not start until after the baseball season ended. The Town of Braintree was awarded $145,787 from the state to build a new playground at Hollingsworth.
There are five baseball diamonds at William F. Dunn Little League Complex. One of the fields, Christopher Duffy Field or simply Duffy Field, is primarily to tee-ball for ages six and seven. The four other fields are used for ages eight to twelve. William G. Brooks Field or simply Brooks Field is the largest and only lighted field at Hollingsworth Park and is used for all majors league games which consists of ballplayers from ages ten to twelve, and also for significant summer travel events. Robert F. Rull Jr. Field or simply Rull Field, and Joseph J. Tarallo Field or simply Tarallo Field, formerly Hall of Fame Field, are secondary fields, in which "AAA" league games and other summer travel games are played. Roy Googins Field or simply Googins Field is used for "AA" league games, which consists of ages eight and nine, and for younger summer travel games.
In March 2011, members from a local carpenters union, volunteered to build the new snack bar planned on the premises of Hollingsworth Park. The volunteer work saved Braintree American Little League an estimated of $10,000.
- "Michael F. Dunn Little League Complex". Facebook. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- Robert Aicardi (23 October 2014). "Hollingsworth funds approved". Braintree Forum. p. 1. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
Due to a combination of a state grant and Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding, approximately 35-year-old equipment at the Hollingsworth playground that was removed in March because of safety concerns will be replaced.
- Lane Lambert (12 July 2014). "New playground planned for Braintree's Hollingsworth Park". Patriot Ledger. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- John Laidler (10 July 2014). "Five communities getting state money for playgrounds". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
- "Field Locations". Braintree American Little League. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- "NERCC Blog: March 2011". NERCC. March 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- Jessica Bartlett (5 March 2011). "Union helps make Braintree American Little League snack bar dreams come true". Boston.com. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
According to Steve Guilbault, the vice president for the League's Board of Directors, the estimated $10,000 project was entirely donated by the union.
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