Annapolis, MD—Governor Larry Hogan and Cal Ripken, Jr. today participated in the dedication of the new Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation Youth Development Park in Hyattsville, the first of its kind in the nation built on the grounds of a police department.
“Together, we provide safe, inclusive and positive environments for young people to play, learn and grow,” Governor Hogan said. “We have now helped fund seven Ripken Foundation projects across the state, including this Prince George’s County Police Athletic League park, which continues the foundation’s work to honor the life and spirit of Cal Ripken, Sr. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this park a reality, and thank you for being part of our ongoing efforts to change Maryland for the better.
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) provided $600,000 to support this project through several revitalization programs. Overall, the department has provided nearly $2.2 million to support the work of the Ripken Foundation in Maryland. Additionally, in one of his Supplementary Estimates, the Governor committed $2.5 million to help the Ripken Foundation build more fields across the state.
“Green spaces – fields like this – are absolutely part of developing healthy and thriving communities,” said DHCD Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “This site will provide a safe space for young locals and their families, providing recreation, relaxation and, above all, opportunity.”
The Ripken Foundation will host its “Badges for Baseball” program at the field – the 101st youth development park nationwide – featuring youth baseball teams coached by law enforcement officers. Last year, the foundation engaged more than 1.2 million at-risk youth in more than 50 cities and 42 states.