If you are visiting the Britt David Park for the weeklong tournament that ends Saturday, a $5 donation is requested to help offset expenses for the event, a Columbus Little League official said Wednesday.
“If we were not allowed to do this, we would not be able to put on this program for the kids to enjoy,” said Rick Chadwick, president of Pioneer Little League. Pioneer is hosting the Georgia State Little League Tournament for 9-10 year olds. The winner will go to the regional tournament in West Virginia.
The park is Located in the middle of a walking trail and near the Britt David Cultural Arts Studio off Britt David Road. The request for the parking donation surprised some visitors to the walking trail or the arts studio.
“The $5 is supposed to be for folks for the Little League Tournament,” said Cammie Currie, assistant director of Columbus Parks and Recreation Department.
Chadwick said the donation only is requested from those attending the tournament. If anyone is going to the arts studio or walking trail, Chadwick said the person should alert the attendant at the gate. Even the parents attending the baseball games don’t have to pay the donation if they oppose it.
Currie said Pioneer has requested the donation for years. The city provides the fields and building but the league must pay for equipment, uniforms and other expenses.
“We don’t demand nothing,” Chadwick said. “We want the kids to remember Columbus, Georgia.” Contact Ben Wright at 706-571-8576