On June 30, 2014, Delaney Park Little League (DPLL) submitted an application, as required under City Policy 211.4, to place a monument/memorial at Delaney Park. The monument/memorial (see design/description attached) consists of a flag pole surrounded by brick pavers, benches, a simple monument with a plaque, and minimal landscaping. The application was reviewed and recommended for approval by all required City departments and boards, and ultimately approved by the Families, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at its July 15, 2014 meeting.
The nature and intent of the DPLL Flag Memorial is to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Little League, the 60th anniversary of the Delaney Park Little League, and the passing of Jason Beaird, a DPLL coach, friend, father, and essential part of DPLL since 2008, who lost his battle with cancer in 2013.
Delaney Park's baseball, softball and t-ball fields serve as the home of DPLL per a longstanding agreement between the City and DPLL. Sixty years ago, when DPLL was founded, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited at the opening of every game. Never having a true flag pole to pledge to, the practice ceased over time. By approving this Agreement, the City will help DPLL to bring the Pledge back to every game while memorializing Coach Beaird.
As indicated in the Agreement and attached letter, DPLL will handle all maintenance associated with this monument/memorial, including cleaning and repairing damage to any parts of the memorial, replacing flags, lights, and damaged/uneven bricks when needed, and maintaining landscape beds.