Founder and Chairman John Ourisman took the lead in raising the nearly one million dollars of cash and recruiting nearly another million dollars of in-kind services. Architect Alan Sparber labored long hours to produce this community jewel. Founder and President Bruce Adams conceived the red brick clubhouse with the Doubleday Field-like arch and the Ebbets Field-like hand-operated scoreboard. Peter Kirk, who had built minor league stadiums for his Keys, Baysox, and Shorebirds, served as our mentor on ballpark construction and proposed the idea of Camden Yards quality seats on a concrete grandstand. Hopkins & Porter Construction built the hand-operated scoreboard and the dugout and bullpen benches.
The Montgomery Parks Foundation, our fiscal agent, allowed us to raise funds and get this project moving. Scores of large corporate and individual donors were joined by hundreds of smaller donors who supported the project by purchasing seat plaques and commemorative bricks. Credit also goes to the government agencies that put this project on a fast track to success - The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, the Montgomery County government, and the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The result of this exceptional partnership and approximately two million dollars of improvements is Shirley Povich Field, one of the nation's finest amateur ballparks.