Pictured is a rendering of a purposed reconstruction of a brick building on Adams Street in Middle Point to be used by the Middle Point Recreation Association. (Photo submitted)
Pictured is a rendering of a purposed reconstruction of a brick building on Adams Street in Middle Point to be used by the Middle Point Recreation Association. (Photo submitted)

MIDDLE POINT – Kevin Price, president of the Middle Point Recreation Association, has a sense of enthusiasm in his voice when he talks about a major renovation project that has been going on in the Middle Point Park and the ball fields in particular in recent days.

It all started a “couple of years ago,” said Price, when the association received a $200,000 grant. Monies from the grant enabled officials to put in six new dugouts, replace fencing, construct a new shelter house, complete with restrooms and install new basketball goals.

“We were able to accomplish many projects from that $200,000,” said Price.

Another grant enabled the association to resurface the basketball courts, do a sidewalk project that included handicap access, placement of eight benches and lights to illuminate the walkway geared for those seeking to utilize it for health reasons.

“We hope to start installation of that walkway in the next few weeks,” said Price. “We’ve been busy with this stuff over the last three years.”

Most recently, the association was able to acquire an old brick structure south of the railroad tracks on Adams Street that was constructed in the early 1900’s. The building, Price said, was originally utilized by the “Improved Order of Red Men.” Then it was turned into a grocery store and finally a beauty parlor.

“It hasn’t been used for the past 20 years,” said Price.

“We will be applying for grants to restore that, but we’re also seeking to raise money for that restoration currently,” noted Price. “We want this to be a place we can call home, where we can have baseball/softball meetings and have restrooms. We also hope to construct batting cages.”

Currently, Price said, money is being raised for installation of new windows and doors.

“We hope to take care of the windows first and then the doors,” Price said.

“These are exciting days going on for us,” continued Price. “We hope to apply for grant money to complete this but right now we decided to see how much we can raise to get things going. Applying for grants is sometimes slow. We want to see how much money we can raise to get it going now.”

Price said that those wishing to donate can contact him or any other member of the Recreation Association.

“We believe that the more people see things happening, the more they will donate,” added Price. “It is becoming more and more obvious that great things are going on here.”