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Greenwich Wiffle Ball Players Lose Their Field

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A location under consideration for a wiffle ball field - Greenwich, CT - Apr 21, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

A location under consideration for a wiffle ball field – Greenwich, CT – Apr 21, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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GREENWICH, CT (WCBS 880) - The wiffle ballers in Greenwich carved out a field in old public works drainage space and even slapped together a Fenway green monster replica in the outfield.

Town officials cited complaints along with safety and liability concerns when they decided to shut down the field.

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Parks and recreation superintendent Peter Mandras says you have to have rules with so many out for town play space.

“We had over 15,000 field users and organized programs on our fields last year. Baseball, soccer, lacrosse, all the high school teams, rugby,” says Mandras.

About ten locations in town are being studied as possible alternatives, he says, and the town is listening.

“It’s their thing. So we want to build on that and keep them as partners and make a partnership, a true private-public partnership out of this,” says Mandras.

The players and the town are engaged in a dialogue to try to make this work.

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