After experiencing its first ever postponement of opening day festivities because of a rare March Atlanta, snowstorm the Northside Youth Organization (NYO) celebrated the start of yet another softball and baseball season on March 9.
Under bright blue skies and before a vast crowd, NYO and its master of ceremonies, Cliff Barshay, stepped onto the Austin Armstrong Field of Dreams to welcome the more than 2,000 players (a new record enrollment) who will participate in the NYO spring baseball and softball season, at the park and at seven other off-site fields that NYO utilizes.
He thanked the hard-working baseball and softball volunteers and the many donors who made the new press-box facility (overlooking Blackwell Field) and plaza and renovated Austin Armstrong Field of Dreams a possibility. NYO has spent nearly half a million dollars in the off-season to upgrade its facilities for safety and convenience sake.
The doubled restroom capacity and new concession area came in especially handy for those attending the ceremony.
Among those recognized at the opening ceremony were the Bowden family, for the Bowden Plaza; the Scott Whitehead family, for the new seats at the Field of Dreams; and the Croswells and Andy Meyer, for the new press box.
On hand to help NYO celebrate was Buckhead resident and Atlanta City Council Member Mary Norwood recognized and lauded the work NYO has done to create a vital, vibrant park atmosphere. In light of the improvements that created a safe environment for the children of Buckhead made with private funds and volunteer help, Ms. Norwood promised to keep the city of Atlanta as a supporter of and partner to NYO.