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RE: JACK WHITE SPONSORED BASEBALL FIELD VANDALIZED

Thieves stole sections of fence at a ballpark in Detroit that Jack White helped fund. The news article can be found here.

"DETROIT - The fence posts remain, but the fencing has disappeared around a large section of Clark Park in southwest Detroit.

Kids play baseball here and other sports, and the fences are to protect the players and fans.

"I was shocked. I couldn't believe that somebody would be so heartless to take the fence off a ball diamond... It goes around the whole area of the park," said Anthony Benavides, director of the Clark Park Coalition. "It's just unbelievable."

The thieves work at night, snipping the fence, rolling it up and hauling it away.

Jack White of The White Stripes donated the money for the baseball diamond just last year, but it's not ready for the coming season.

"They went ahead and took all the fencing around the backstop and the player benches. So, the kids can't play right now," Benavides said. "It's unsafe."

A coalition of volunteers works with the city to keep Clark Park a vibrant place for recreation and sports, work the fence thieves care nothing about.

"I walked around this little sports complex, and it brought tears to my eyes. We work so hard here all year long to upgrade all of our programs. We have soccer. We have just about everything," said Ziggy Gonzalez, vice president of the Clark Park Coalition.

Police patrols have increased as the fence thieves have hit several areas in the neighborhood.

"I just came from a practice at my school, which is Southwestern, and it's a similar situation. The whole backstop all the way down the railroad track... a block long, it's been removed," said Coach James Foote.

Getting a new fence from the cash strapped city will be tough. The people at Clark Park need help.

"Someone donating some fence. It's six foot high, chain link fence. I was looking at about 700 feet. We'll take any type of section, a hundred feet, two hundred feet," Benavides said."

 


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