NORTH LIBERTY– After decades of protecting children from the sun and rain, the dugouts at Koser Park baseball field were showing their age. The wooden frames supporting the roofs were rotting, creating unsafe conditions for the youth using the field. The North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball League (NLYBS) has wanted to help the city correct the problem for several years, but lacked the manpower to tackle the project. This summer, things came together to make the repairs possible.
David Millmeyer, 17, of Coralville, was serving as an umpire for NLYBS and looking for a way to complete the requirements for his Boy Scout Eagle badge as a member of Boy Scout Troop 250. Danny Johns, head umpire for the NYLBS and a former Scoutmaster for Troop 222, saw an opportunity to match the needs of Koser Park with David’s need for a service project.
David worked with NYLBS and North Liberty officials to coordinate the project of building a new dugout at the Koser Park field. He arranged for all the materials, funded by NLYBS and Nagle Lumber. David also recruited all the volunteers to do the labor, including West High students Garett Blair, Joey Farinelli, Kate Gylten, Wil Simpson, Isaac Moel, Aydan Wynos, Micah Kelsay, Clay Moel, and John Millmeyer. They were assisted by Dan Millmeyer and Casey Moel.
In June, the group removed the old, rotted frame and existing metal roof. A new frame was installed and covered with new green steel roof. Over 80 hours of labor were logged to make the dugouts safe for the young players.
This project had special meaning for David. His baseball career started at NLYBS as a member of the 2005 Junior Baseball Cubs team, which won the league championship that year.
“I have a lot of fun memories of playing on this field. It feels really good to be able to help make sure it can be used for many more games in the future,” said David.