PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) - Baseball may be America's pastime, but Alaska's long winter makes training for the sport more challenging.
Now, youth sports leaders in Palmer are taking the first steps to create a facility where athletes can train and play year-round.
"We're not reinventing the wheel. This has happened in northern states. There's North Dakota, there's Minnesota, there's Montana. All those places already have these things, so we were just like why can't we have it? What do we have to do? Let's get the ball rolling," Palmer Little League President David Combs said.
At the end of September the league applied to use Matanuska-Susitna Borough-owned land to build an indoor baseball and softball facility. If the league and the borough come to an agreement, then the league will develop plans for the facility and raise the capital needed for the project. The assembly would have to approve a long-term lease for the property.
"The talent is here. I know that for a fact. There's talented players that play here that want - that need something like this in the local area," Combs said. "And really our goal on the board, we're trying to get kids to the next level. We want to get them past high school. We want them to get to where they can actually have school paid for. And who knows, make the pros."
Public comment is open on the request. You can read more about the project here
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