The price tag for the project was placed at $835,000, which includes a 2009 Town Meeting appropriation of $425,000 for field design and development supplemented by $350,000 from Little League and $60,000 from the Andover Soccer Association. The construction was overseen by Huntress Associates of Andover.
Andover Little League is now raising money to pay for a lighting system to support night games, Nichols said. The league has revamped its fundraising efforts, calling it “Raise the Lights,” in hopes of securing the $450,000 needed for the project.
The lights are part of the $650,000 Phase II of the initiative, which will also include scoreboards, a concession stand, dugouts, batting cages, equipment shed, grandstand seating and other items.
Before the dedication and first pitch is thrown out, Andover Little Leaguers will take part in their annual opening day ceremony and parade as well as Pitch, Hit and Run Contest.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. from the Doherty Middle School parking lot on Bartlet Street and marches into the town center. Then it’s back to the Doherty fields for the contest.
Opening Day Honors
The new Deyermond Park on Blanchard Street will be dedicated at 2 p.m. on Saturday in memory of Warren C. “Buster” Deyermond of Andover, who was killed while serving in Vietnam in July 1969.
Andover Little League President Scott Nichols will welcome guests. Local author and Andover Townsman columnist Bill Dalton will be the guest speaker. Michael Burke, director of Andover Veterans’ Services, will lead the unveiling of a new monument in Deyermond’s honor.
The ceremony will include an honor detail and other observances. The Patriotic Holiday Committee will also participate. The public is invited.
To reach the new Deyermond Park, travel west on Route 133 (Lowell Street), then turn left onto Bellevue Road (just past Raytheon entrance). Turn left onto Osgood Street, then stay straight onto Blanchard Street until the park.