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A first-class sports complex

If you haven’t seen the new $1.5 million Friends of Harrison County Youth baseball and softball facility at the Gov. Frank O’Bannon Park in Corydon, perhaps you should. Be prepared to join a crowd. It’s an excellent facility, and already a very popular place.
The six new fields ‘ Carl Uesseler Field, Community First Field, Harrison Chiropractic Field, First Harrison Bank Field, Tyson Field, Friends Field (still needs a sponsor) ‘ also sport a new fieldhouse and a spacious picnic area.
It is next to Indian Creek, with a woodsy backdrop. Altogether, it’s quite a complex where more than 550 players, from ages five to 16, compete. Combine that number with the kids from the South Harrison league, which is constructing diamonds of its own, and more than 650 kids use the diamonds, sometimes late into the evening.
The sports complex is a tribute to a group of adults who have worked very hard for years simply to provide a first-class summer athletic facillity for the kids. It’s also the result of the generosity of several businesses, individuals and county government, the foresight of the Harrison County Community Foundation, and it represents what can be done with a volunteer work force. (Friends president Kevin Burton oversaw the massive construction effort.)
Many sports complexes like this one are municipal or county owned, said Friends fund-raising chair Andy Lasky.
Everything is done by volunteers, and lately they have come out of the woodwork, anxious to help in any way they could. Improvements are still being made. On Monday, for example, work began on a playground donated by the Lions Club.
So go on down to that Field of Dreams (minus the cornfields) and take a look at another major asset to the community that continues to improve the quality of life for everyone here in Harrison County.