Basing Hill Ballpark

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Basing Hill Ballpark

Herts Baseball Club By Herts Baseball Club

Level and resurface the damaged playing field with new grass to make it suitable for sport and develop it into a ballpark where kids and adults can play baseball and enjoy events and food in the park.

Barnet Fundraising stage

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Herts Baseball Club was founded in 1996. To meet growing demand, the club built a second baseball field at its Hemel Hempstead branch in 2009. This led to a period of rapid growth. “We built it. People came. It’s time to do it again and bring baseball to NW London.” With so many kids and adults wanting to play baseball in NW London, the club decided to set up a branch there. Most playing fields were already taken by other sports. The only viable venue was Basing Hill Park but its playing field has deteriorated over many years. It was last used by football teams more than 10 years ago and the park cafe was abandoned. The field has been further damaged by local police using it to train their horses. Herts baseball teams started playing there in 2019. The club is now crowdfunding to make the playing field fit for purpose and bring baseball and softball into the heart of the community. The park will become a family oriented space with organised events and a renovated cafe for everyone.

What we'll deliver:

  • Level and resurface the playing field with new grass
  • Install baseball backstop, team benches, infield base areas and pitcher's mound
  • Refurbish and equip the park cafe with catering equipment
  • Purchase projector and screen for outdoor cinema

Why it's a great idea:

Over the years the club has seen children and adults of all ages (6 to 60+), with diverse backgrounds, from low and high income families, male and female, from complete baseball beginners to advanced, join the club. Everyone plays. With so many of its club members living in NW London and many more wanting to play baseball but unable to travel to Hemel Hempstead, Herts Baseball Club established a branch in NW London. Over the last two years at Basing Hill Park, the club saw a large increase in enquiries from members of the public interested to play baseball. Growth in participation accelerated further after the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox came to play games at the London Stadium in 2019 in front of a 60,000 sell out crowd. That continued in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The community has rediscovered the important role which parks play in our lives. This project will make Basing Hill Park even better and will bring people together in a Covid-secure environment.

Steps to get it done:

  • August 2021: Cultivate, re-grade and level the playing field
  • September 2021: Plant grass seeds
  • October 2021: New grass appears
  • March 2022: First mowing of the new grass
  • March 2022: Renovate and equip the abandoned park kiosk/cafe
  • April 2022: Create the infield clay areas around the bases and the pitcher's mound
  • April 2022: Park kiosk/cafe reopens for business for the first time in over 10 years
  • May 2022: Install the baseball backstop and team benches
  • May 2022: Grand Opening of Basing Hill Ballpark with youth and adult baseball league games

Note: In July 2020 the UK government approved a Covid-secure protocol for baseball games to be played.

Location Barnet

About the space

Basing Hill Ballpark - the home of Herts Baseball Club in NW London

Council

London Borough of Barnet

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How will the money be spent?Total £55,400

Levelling, re-grading and resurfacing of playing field with new grass - £18,073 (33%)
Supply and installation of backstop and other fence structures - £12,614 (23%)
VAT - £8,188 (15%)
Supply and installation of infield cut-out clay areas around the bases and the pitcher's mound - £5,863 (11%)
Supply and installation of team benches - £3,136 (6%)
Contingency - £2,456 (4%)
Event and field maintenance equipment - £580 (1%)
Kiosk/cafe renovation - supply and installation of catering equipment - £566 (1%)
Projector and screen for outdoor cinema - £108 (0%)
Other - £3,816 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

33%
Levelling, re-grading and resurfacing of playing field with new grass
£18,073
23%
Supply and installation of backstop and other fence structures
£12,614
15%
VAT
£8,188
11%
Supply and installation of infield cut-out clay areas around the bases and the pitcher's mound
£5,863
6%
Supply and installation of team benches
£3,136
4%
Contingency
£2,456
1%
Event and field maintenance equipment
£580
1%
Kiosk/cafe renovation - supply and installation of catering equipment
£566
0%
Projector and screen for outdoor cinema
£108
7%
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£3,816
  • Spacehive fees
    £2,014
  • Transaction Fees
    £1,398
  • VAT
    £403

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Batting nets which can be used for batting practice all year round, not just during the baseball season
  • Increase storage capacity for team gear and field maintenance equipment

Total £55,400

Our Wish List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and stuff to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Offer Something' button to the right to get involved.
  • park benches
  • guidance and advice on what trees and plants to plant on the park's border with A41 to make the park look even better and to reduce air and noise polution
  • trees and other plants
  • tables and stackable chairs for the park cafe
  • PA system
  • wi-fi in the park
  • projector for outdoor cinema
  • large projector screen

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