West Hartford Youth Baseball League (WHYBL) is the longest-running (70 years) youth baseball league in town. The league's priority is to increase and sustain love for the game by emphasizing baseball and athletic skill development within an environment that embodies and celebrates sportsmanship, teamwork, and fun.
The baseball field at Wolcott Park has given generations of West Hartford kids the opportunity to play nighttime baseball under the lights. It is West Hartford’s ONLY baseball field with lights. It has been critical to the development of our kids as great baseball players and has cemented West Hartford’s status as a top-tier baseball town.
Now, however, Wolcott's baseball field lights are long past their expected lifespan.
The quality of light has greatly diminished, they are energy inefficient, pose increased safety risks, and grow more and more difficult to maintain each year. Soon, the system will stop working entirely. Without a new system, West Hartford will lose its sole venue to host nighttime baseball games which often brings both state and regional teams into our vibrant town as well.
The Town of West Hartford has made outstanding improvements to Wolcott Park over the past few years, and has some very exciting enhancements for the baseball field surface, dugouts, and seating areas planned for late this summer.
To complete the upgrade of the field, WHYBL is proposing to raise the money to replace the existing lights with a state-of-the-art lighting system from Musco Sports Lighting.
Musco is the world’s leading sports lighting company and has done several projects in town. The new lights will provide first class on-field lighting, less light spillover off of it, will be more energy-efficient, and will have a smaller footprint. The proposed system is warrantied for 25 years, so this upgrade will ensure that this critical capability is here for several more generations of West Hartford kids.
We are in the permitting process with the town, and pending approval, are aiming to begin construction in August. We need to raise $200,000 to make this project a reality.
Your financial support can make this possible.
Patrons at the Single, Double, Triple, Home Run, and Grand Slam levels will be recognized in WHYBL promotional materials and at the park. Tower Level Patrons will have one of the new 4 light towers dedicated in their honor.
Click on the Donate button to help us keep the lights on!
OR you can mail a check donation (made out to WHYBL) to the following address:
West Hartford Youth Baseball League
Wolcott Lights and Capital Campaign
PO Box 270186
West Hartford, CT 06107