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Huston Sports Complex Renovation: The Jerry Gatto Baseball Field

The above image is a directional illustration and will be updated when we have the final designThe above image is a directional illustration and will be updated when we have the final design

 The time has come to transform the Lewis & Clark Huston Sports Complex, which is home to baseball, softball and recreational sports at L&C. Our vision is to create a sports facility that is one of the top sports facilities amongst Division 3 competitors in the Northwest Conference (NWC).

“This important project will produce necessary improvements to our Joe Huston Sports Complex, benefiting our student-athletes and honoring a legendary Pio, Jerry Gatto.” President Wim Wiewel

The total transformation of Huston is currently estimated to be around $4M. L&C has hired a local architect to create a schematic design that takes into account all of the requirements to transform Huston Sports Complex and bring the vision to life. This design will also help us refine cost and timing estimates. We should have the design ready for public view within 3-4 months.

Included in the Huston Sports Complex transformation, we have identified specific improvements for the L&C baseball facility that when completed will instill pride in the L&C community:

  • Install 110,000+ square feet of artificial turf to cover the entire infield, bullpen, and outfield, which would make L&C one of the only schools in the Northwest Conference with a fully turfed field.
  • Enclose the two (2) batting cages to be at parity with the NWC.
  • Redo the stadium seating and press box to be at parity with the NWC.
  • Redo the dugouts to be at parity with the NWC.
  • Install permanent restrooms, gated entrance, create a clubhouse and more.
  • And establish a permanent monument to celebrate and recognize the history, present and future of L&C Baseball (Titles won, coaches & individuals who have had a material impact on the program, All-Americans, L&C Hall of Fame members, players drafted professionally and more…)

The evolution of the L&C baseball field and its ability to support off season recreational sports is estimated to be around $2M.

To turn this vision into reality, we have set the following fundraising goals in partnership with the Development Office:

Milestone #1: Raise $500,000 by May 30, 2019. Reaching this milestone will enable L&C to begin the construction planning, including working with the City of Portland to start the permit process. Reaching this milestone of $500,000 we will be able to officially name the new baseball field, “The Jerry Gatto Baseball Field”.

Milestone #2: L&C to raise an additional $800,000 to represent a total of $1.3M by July 30, 2019. This will allow L&C to start phase 1 construction of the Huston Sports Complex redesign by slight pivot of the baseball field and install the artificial turf for the infield, outfield and bullpens.

Milestone #3: L&C to raise an additional $2.7M to bring the total to $4M+ by December 31, 2019. Achieving this milestone will fund the other necessary improvements to Huston Sports Complex to support Softball and other sports, and fund the construction of the remaining baseball needs of dugouts, enclosed batting cages, stadium seating, permanent restrooms and more. The college is in the process of starting to seek the additional funding needed to reach our ultimate fundraising goal of $4M. Our initial goal is to have the Huston Sports Complex project completed by the end of 2020.

Lewis & Clark’s campus facilities Master Plan and the recent Strategic Plan have both identified the need for improved athletic and recreation facilities. Your gift to support the new Jerry Gatto Baseball Field is a key component of the Huston Complex renovation and will support the return to excellence within the Northwest Conference.

Our goal is to have 100% participation of L&C Baseball alums and current roster families. We are also actively reaching out to the Portland and NW baseball community to join us in supporting the continuing rise of the L&C Baseball program and recognizing Jerry Gatto’s contribution to the Portland and NW communities. We are asking for you to make a pledge today. As it is a pledge, we will only ask for you to honor your pledge when this becomes an official and approved project with a construction start date. With your actual donation we will add your name to a brick that will help construct the monument to celebrate the history, present and future of L&C baseball.

As this is a major capital project, every dollar matters. As you consider your pledge amount, please strongly consider making that amount consistent each year for the next five (5) years. As an example, if you intend to pledge $100, please commit to pledging $100 for each of the next 5 years. If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Holt ’01, senior development officer, at rebeccah@lclark.edu or 503 768-7943.

Please support today the rise of L&C Baseball through dramatically improved playing facilities while allowing us to recognize Jerry Gatto for his contributions to student-athletes throughout the northwest.

We can do this!

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