Making Baseball Diamonds Safe for Students

Our White Marsh Landscape Maintenance branch recently restored seven baseball fields at elementary schools across Baltimore County, MD: Arbutus Elementary School (ES), Deer Park ES, Fort Garrison ES, Glyndon ES, Johnnycake ES, Warren ES, and Rodger Forge ES. Baltimore County is one of the oldest counties in the state, and it is currently working on restoring and stabilizing the park system to make the parks and areas of recreation safe for all participants.

The need for restoration arose due to severe deterioration over the years. Tons of diamond infield mix, also called infield clay, had been added to the skinned areas of the infield, which continually raised the grading and affected the drainage and lead to raised lips at the turf and creating an infield mix transition.

The raised grading and uneven drainage created tripping hazards. The infield mix transition also led to the size of the infield being extended out of regulation.

As a supplement to an existing maintenance contract, Baltimore County Property Management reached out to our White Marsh, MD maintenance branch to provide a much-needed overhaul and restoration of the schools’ baseball diamonds. The scope of the work included the excavation of areas of the infield where the grade was too high, and the extra dirt and infield mix had to be hauled out from the site. This turned out be approximately 200 tons of infield mix per field.

Once the grade was leveled, the fields were re-marked according to regulation layout size. Approximately 100,000 SF of sod was installed to re-establish turf edges and to restore the damaged turf.

We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Baltimore County to make these baseball fields safe once again for the children and the community.

If you are interested in athletic field maintenance or restoration, contact us at (301) 482-0300 to request a quote.