Enslen Park Gets New SF Giants Field

Greetings All: The home of Modesto’s famous Sloshball games is getting a new facelift, thanks to city enthusiasm and the SF Junior Giants program. Gotta Love it.

Enslen Park to Receive Facelift

The City of Modesto, in partnership with the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and Good Tidings Foundation announce the renovation of one of the existing ball fields at Enslen Park in addition to overall park improvements.

Renovation of the ball field located in the northwest corner of Enslen Park began on Monday, May 6 and will result in an improved, Little League size ball field. The renovation work includes the demolition of the existing dirt in field, irrigation system, home plate and pitchers mound. Home plate is being moved back in order to accommodate a 200’ outfield ‘fence’ so that younger players will now be able to play on both diamonds at Enslen Park at the same time, increasing the number of youth participating in the Junior Giants program in Modesto.

The new ball field will feature a grass infield, improved irrigation, relocated drinking fountain, improved back stop and a concrete pathway that will provide accessibility from Morris Avenue to the new stands.

Due to the success of the local Junior Giants program and the recent top finish in fan voting for a new ball field at Enslen Park, the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and Good Tidings Foundation partnered with the City of Modesto’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department on this exciting project to improve the ball field and expand the opportunities for local youth to participate in the Junior Giants program.

In addition to the renovation of the existing ball field, a new T-ball backstop will be installed in the north east corner of the park near the intersection of Morris and Park Avenues. Along with the installation of the backstop, grading will be done to level the playing field. The new T-ball backstop will allow three games to be played at the same time allowing increased participation by Modesto’s youth.

Lastly, the entire park site will be overseeded with grass seed and then a layer of organic material, removed form the existing ball field, will be applied resulting in a new, beautiful turf to be enjoyed by all park users.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of May with a grand opening slated for mid-June.

For further information on this project, please contact Loren R. Holt at (209) 571-5573 or email: lholt@modestogov.com.

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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.