Auburn-area ballpark gets $300K state grant for new fields, upgraded facilities

Robert Harding

Dick Gagliardi waited months to learn whether the state would approve his application for funding to rehabilitate Veterans Memorial Park in Aurelius.

In December, as Gagliardi laid in a hospital bed, he received good news: The project, which was endorsed by the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, was awarded $300,000 through the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The grant is a major development in Gagliardi’s effort to revive the park, which was once the home of Auburn’s Babe Ruth League. Gagliardi was president of the league when he spearheaded the construction of the park in 1986.

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