Springfield National Trail and Parks District

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Clark County's new amateur minor league baseball team, the Champion City Kings, will open its season Wednesday night at Carleton Davidson Stadium in Springfield against the Chillicothe Paints.  The franchise is expected to pump more than $2 million into the local economy.

Springfield resident and former pro player Rick White is the general manager of the Kings. He says the Champion City Kings will offer fans a good time that's not hard on the wallet.

Nearly 100 volunteers will gather at Snyder Park in Springfield on Saturday to help build the first playground  in Clark County that will allow disabled kids to interact with non-disabled children.  The Springfield Rotary Club developed the idea to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Rotary Club Chairwoman Mel Marsh says there were many ideas tossed around about how the organization could commemorate its anniversary, but the inclusive playground was the best.

The National Trail Parks and Recreation District Board in Clark County will meet Saturday morning to decide whether or not to close one of the city's historic public golf courses. Springfield's 93-year-old Snyder Park Golf Course might be shut down due to budget cuts.

Like many other publicly funded golf courses in the Miami Valley area, Springfield's three municipally owned courses all brought in less revenue than what was paid to operate them with taxpayer's money. Parks Director Leann Castillo says the financial outlook isn't good for the city-owned courses.

A 12-year downtown ice rink project in Springfield is now in the final stages of completion. The city broke ground on the project this week.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Trail and Parks District, Leann Costello, says the ice rink is the last part of the district’s $17 million, 10 year plan to revitalize Springfield and includes the Splash Zone Family Aquatic Center. She says the ice rink will be a major draw for families around the Clark County area.