New Fields Will Enhance Baseball Facilities for Neighboring Schools, Local Youth Leagues
Joining forces, Boston College High School and the University of Massachusetts Boston will break ground on a new shared community baseball complex with a ceremony on Thursday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at BC High.
Athletes from both BC High and UMass Boston will attend Thursday’s groundbreaking, along with J. Donald Monan, SJ, the chancellor of Boston College, and UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley. The BC High Choir will perform and the school’s mascots, Morris E. Eagle and Bobby the Beacon, will appear.
The complex will be called the J. Donald Monan, SJ Park to honor his outstanding educational leadership, vision, and commitment to the City of Boston. The project is made possible by a public/private partnership, anchored by a $2 million commitment from the Yawkey Foundation.
Monan Park will be created on the property of BC High and will include the following attributes when it is completed in December:
- Full-sized competition stadium for high-school and collegiate level games. The main field will replicate the exact dimensions of Fenway Park and includes fencing, bullpens, a warning track, a batter’s eye, full-sized dugouts and batting cages, and a replica of Fenway’s famed Green Monster.
- A full synthetic turf facility, with clay pitcher’s mound.
- Stadium seating for 500 spectators, full lighting for evening games and practices, and a press box.
- Secondary playing field suitable for practice and sub-varsity games.
- Full-sized soccer field within a secondary baseball field.
The complex meets Division III standards and will allow the UMass Boston Beacons to play their games closer to home, after previously playing its home games at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton.
The Monan Park project is an embodiment of the ongoing commitment to community engagement shared by BC High and UMass Boston, neighbors in Dorchester’s Columbia Point area. Monan Park will not only enhance athletic opportunities for these schools, but will address the needs of the community as well. The new fields will be an ideal venue for Boston’s Park League, America’s oldest amateur baseball league for men ages 19-25, as well as Dorchester and South Boston Babe Ruth League baseball.
In addition, the park creates an ideal space for both baseball-specific and summer camp programs due to its proximity to both academic campuses. More than 1,000 youth and collegiate athletes are expected to directly benefit from the complex each year.
Corporate sponsors for the Monan Park project are WB Mason, Rockland Trust, Lambert's, McGee Toyota, and Prime Time Sports.