It was a day full of hard work—with a little bit of mascot madness mixed in—as the Spokane Indians restored five fields at Plante’s Ferry on Wednesday, June 7th, through the Community Fields Project presented by Les Schwab Tire Centers. Over a dozen Spokane Indians team members and 60+ volunteers from various business and organizations worked throughout the day on a number of improvements at Plante’s Ferry including: infield edging, painting of team benches and kiosk signs, edging of concrete surfaces around the backstops, installation of outfield fences, spreading of Turface infield amendment on all five fields, grooming and prepping infields, pruning and cleaning up garden beds, and repairing and tying cyclone fencing.
Through the Community Fields Project, the Spokane Indians, Les Schwab, and supporting partners have pledged to restore a minimum of one baseball/softball field in the Spokane region each year. Suggestions for new fields to be included in the program can be submitted to Emily Shields at [email protected].
The Spokane Indians and Les Schwab teamed up in support of our Armed Forces and restored a pair of softball fields at Fairchild Air Force Base on July 19, 2022 as part of the team's Community Field Project. Indians front office staff and members of the grounds crew as well as volunteers from Les Schwab removed weeds and rocks, added new sod to the infield skirt, spread field conditioner, installed a mound on both fields, and striped and prepped the field.
"We always enjoy supporting baseball and softball at a grassroots level in our community and getting the chance to do it for our friends at Fairchild was especially meaningful," said Otto Klein, Spokane Indians Senior Vice President. "We’re grateful for the sacrifices they’ve made and hope they enjoy utilizing these refurbished fields.”
On June 16, 2021, the Spokane Indians joined the Boys & Girls Club of Wellpinit, Spokane Tribe Fuels Department, Spokane Tribe Maintenance Department, Tribal Department of Natural Resources, Tribal Water Department, members of the Wellpinit High School girls softball team, and community members Gladys Rhoads and Billy Shawn Flett Jr. to restore War Veterans Memorial Field in Wellpinit, Washington.
The renovation had many areas of improvement, including the installation of four large autumn blaze maple trees for shade, new field bases & measurements, new dugouts, new player benches, new signage, new trash cans, and a new main water line. The complex also had its perimeter fence repaired, bleachers repaired and painted, and the installation of a new gravel pathway and entrance.