OCYA: No Ball This Summer & Nashville Memorial Park Still On Hold

It will be a summer without baseball in Okawville, as the OCYA announced the cancellation of baseball, softball and T-ball seasons for the coming year.

According to a statement on the OCYA Facebook page, the board made the decision in order to remain in compliance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s phased reopening plan.

Refunds for fees paid will be made at the OCYA Park on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., but the OCYA will also accept the fees as a donation. To donate, text the word “Donation” and the child’s name to (618) 791-0540.

Any check that has not been picked up on Saturday or directed as a donation will be shredded after May 30.

The OCYA Board is in the early planning stages of a tentative baseball/softball camp if conditions are upgraded to Phase 4 of the governor’s plan. Those who have donated fees will be able to attend the tentative camps free of charge.

“Our greatest mission is to get our kids outside and active this summer,” the statement read. “Knowing they need this interaction now more than ever, we are determined to find a way to do just that. “

Nashville Memorial Park Board Meeting to Discuss Opening Pool; Summer Sports Still In Question

The Memorial Park Board in Nashville will determine whether the Nashville Memorial Pool will open this summer.

Park board president Steve Fletcher said that they will consider options at the regular board meeting Monday night.

According to Fletcher, most of the park is currently closed per the governor’s guidelines preventing gatherings. The exceptions are the ponds for fishing, as well as the roadways.

Fletcher said that the tennis courts are scheduled to open later this week, but the ball diamonds, pavilions, basketball courts and pool are still shuttered.

The Memorial Park Pool is normally open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and the board will discuss whether it will be feasible to open this summer if pandemic conditions change.

The summer baseball and softball leagues, as well as the Nashville Blue Racers swim team, are also on hold due to the park’s closure.

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