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American Legions want ballpark fees waived

G. C. Croft of American Legion Post 30 G. C. Croft of American Legion Post 30
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The American Legion is asking Albany city leaders for exemptions to a park usage fee for their summer baseball program.   Post 30 and Post 182 host baseball tournaments for teenage boys at Deerfield and Paul Eames Park every year.      

They say they've used the parks for free for years, and clean and maintain fields after games. Now, they could be charged $100 a day per field.

"The boys, if in the summer time, if they don't have something to do, they may get into trouble.  So we keep them off the streets and then we try to teach them some things for life, you know, respect, work habits," said G. C. Croft of American Legion Post 30.

Croft says the program operates through fundraisers and helps kids earn scholarships. He says families traveling for the tournaments have a tremendous impact on the community, and have contributed over $14 Million to the local economy since 1991. \

He said they may have to move the tournaments to other cities if Albany leaders don't waive the fees.    

City commissioners will vote on the issue at their next meeting.

 

 

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