The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is partnering with communities across America to design and facilitate the creation of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Youth Development Parks. These multipurpose, synthetic turf, low-maintenance facilities are designed to provide a cohesive recreational and educational experience for children, particularly in at-risk communities.
Many urban ball fields have experienced decades of abuse and neglect. Fields have become overrun with trash and are frequently used as a market place for various forms of criminal and delinquent activity. With your help, the new ballparks will be shared with youth-serving organizations and leagues providing a safe place for kids to play and learn. Upon completion of the project, the parks are gifted to the youth-serving partner so the children have access, ownership, and pride for their park. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will continue to have a presence at these fields and implement character education programming and clinics for youth.
If your community is not listed below and you are interested in working together with us to build a park, please click here for more information.