12/31/2007 3:54 PM
Hyannis Mets Supporters Celebrate
Completion of McKeon Park’s New Lights
HYANNIS, Mass. -- The new lighting system at McKeon Park was switched on Dec. 28 in a nighttime ceremony attended by more than 50 supporters and friends of the Hyannis Mets. The gathering and champagne toast was hosted by the Hyannis Athletic Association in celebration of reaching this major milestone in the organization’s ongoing $400,000 capital improvements project.
"This was a celebration of the end of the construction phase of the lighting project," said Hyannis Mets vice president and lighting committee chairman Peter Scarafile. "We wanted to celebrate the completion and thank the workers. We will have a formal dedication when the (Cape Cod Baseball League) season starts in June."
Improvements to McKeon Park were first envisioned in 2005 thanks to a Yawkey Foundation grant and the joint efforts of the H.A.A. and the new Pope John Paul II High School, now in operation with its first freshman class. Representatives from both supervising groups were present at the ceremony, along with several other key figures who helped to get the lights off the ground and onto their poles 80 feet above the field.
Among them were Sam Traywick of Craigville Realty, who recruited vendors willing to donate labor to the installation process; Jeff Maxwell of Hub Foundations, which did the concrete work for the foundations beneath the light towers; and John Brewer of Brewer Electric, which did the electrical work and erected the poles. Cape Cod Ready Mix and Nauset Disposal also provided substantial assistance to the installation process.
The Musco lighting system was programmed to turn on and off for the event, much to the delight of those in attendance. "The people were excited by the return of night baseball to downtown Hyannis," Scarafile said. "McKeon Park looks great under the lights. It truly will be a new and different experience for baseball fans!"
The capital improvements project continues at McKeon Park, as the 2008 season approaches. The H.A.A. has plans to add a new scoreboard, press box and sound system to the facility in time for the season opener. Those wishing to learn more or to find out how to help should visit the Mets' Web site at www.hyannismets.org.