WINFIELD — If you ever want to see what people can accomplish, talk to the Winfield Recreation Council.
In less than two years it has managed, with a little money and a ton of volunteer effort, to erect a concession stand, press box and football goal posts at Mayeski Park adjacent to South Carroll High.
And, that group was rewarded by getting to show off those new facilities two weekends ago when the park played host to the Carroll County Football League Super Bowl, which decides the championships in that youth league's three age-group divisions.
"It was a dream come true for all of us who have been involved with the rec council. We'rereally proud of it," said council
Community Coordinator Shirleen Hinsche.
Actually, the dream began to take shape in 1983.
Then,the Council requested the county build three softball diamonds on the 53-acre property, which is owned by the county Board of Education, for the area's girls softball teams.
Hinsche said two prime moversin that effort were Jane Shipley, who was Winfield's community coordinator at that time, and Winfield resident Ed Mayeski, who was very active in council activities.
Mayeski passed away suddenly in November 1983.
When the diamonds became available in the spring of 1988, the park was dedicated in honor of Mayeski.
That year, the council decided to build a concession pavilion using the Recreation and Parks Department's self-help program. The county pays about 75 percent of the cost for materials, with the rec council and other user groupspaying the rest and providing volunteer labor.
The concession-stand project began last year after contractor George Dorsey, who has children in the Winfield baseball and softball programs, volunteered tosupervise construction of the pavilion.
Work began in February 1990 and was finished in May.
"(Dorsey) really got it done," Hinschesaid. "He deserves a lot of credit for that building."
An equallyappreciative Winfield rec council president Mark Lankford says he continues to be amazed at the continuing flow of free assistance from local contractors and skilled workers.
"I walked into the good luckof having a great group of people to work with," Lankford said.
Included were Lou Spicer, owner of Lou Spicer and Son, and Craig Baumgartner, owner of American Carpentry Corp., who provided grading for the pavilion, sidewalks and a tot lot which will soon soon be constructed.
"All of my excavation problems were eliminated by them," Lankford said with a laugh.
Local concrete contractor John Gist laid the slab for the pavilion's foundation, electrician Larry Barnard wired it and Larry Cotterman, who owns a heating and air conditioning business, installed the exhaust fans in the kitchen.
Finally, Alan Jenkins, who also runs the council's youth soccer program, built the pavilion's kitchen cabinets and counter tops.
O and R Construction, a Westminster contractor, supplied the crew which erected the press box free of charge.
And finally, Hank Hereth, who has three sons inthe Winfield football program, spent some 40 hours welding and erecting the goal posts.
"I know we've had $30,000 to $35,000 worth of donated time and equipment for the park just this year," Lankford said.
Still more projects remain, including a storeroom addition to the pavilion, the tot lot and some basketball courts.
Lankford, though, says plenty of volunteers are waiting to help, including yet another contractor who will lay the basketball court blacktop for free if the council provides it.
Winfield Recreation Council officials look to the day when the diamonds are lighted, although they realize that time may be far off.
But they've already started a lighting fund to pay at least some of the estimated $170,000 cost.
"We want to do our part," Hinsche explained. "We don't just want to say, 'Give us all this money.' "
County Recreation and Parks Director John Little said cost of the Mayeski projects was about one-third of what the county would have had to pay without the volunteer help and donations.
"It's a good feeling to drive by and see the park and that thecommunity has taken such ownership in it," Little said. "It is really a tribute to that community and what they did down there and to what volunteers can do in Carroll County."