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Seward ball fields and their corresponding pavilions may now be rented for free by nonprofit organizations. On Monday the City Council approved a resolution opening ball field rental to all nonprofits. The Council approved the resolution unanimously after Acting City Manager Norm Regis, who sponsored the resolution, spoke in defense of the change.

“Other municipalities don’t charge for this, because they actually bring a lot of people out there, playing softball,” Regis said. “I know it was definitely missed last year. I think this would be a good thing for the community because they do get a lot of people out. They get a lot of volunteers; they did a lot of work. They line the fields and do a lot of things, so they do save a lot of money from the City for not having to, Parks & Rec to empty the garbage and doing all that stuff. I’ve seen it personally. They clean up after every tournament, after every game.”

Seward Parks & Recreation currently operates Ryan Lewis and Jon Perry Ball Fields, both on Ballfield Access Road, and the little league ball field on Fourth Avenue and C Street. The change is effective immediately.