Bastyr University's 'Field of Dreams' Reopens

Children playing baseball at Bastyr University Athletic Fields

Overcast skies couldn't dampen the spirits of young superstars who had visions of game-winning hits and golden goals in their heads.

About 50 Little Leaguers, their parents and elected officials attended the grand reopening of the Bastyr University Athletic Fields on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Guests got a chance to survey the grass, munch on hot dogs and other snacks and be part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Kenmore Mayor David Baker, PhD, and Bastyr University President Daniel K. Church, PhD.

"There was no better way to celebrate the reopening of the athletic fields on our campus this spring than by inviting the public to experience them firsthand," said President Church. "Both Bastyr University and the city of Kenmore take great pride in our baseball diamonds and soccer pitch and are excited to share them with the community."

The celebration was an opportunity to acknowledge the excellent working relationship the city has with Bastyr University. An agreement between the two provided these athletic fields for use by neighbors and the community.

One interesting feature about the fields is that they have been planted with a new self-repairing and eco-friendly species of grass. In fact, Bastyr University is the first place the new species has been planted in the Pacific Northwest. This unique blend of three spreading rye grasses was chosen because it can be planted without plastic nets, is easier to manage than other grass and maintains a consistent appearance (by hindering the growth of bluegrass). As a result, representatives from the Seattle Seahawks and from Seattle University have come onto Bastyr University's campus to investigate the grass for themselves.

The fields will be used by the North Lake Little League and Northwest Soccer Camps, among others.