Sen. Mike Nozzolio Secures Funding for Colburn Park

Sen. Mike Nozzolio & Newark Pilot Derick Fera
Sen. Mike Nozzolio presents Newark Pilot Derick Fera with a special New York State Resolution congratulating him upon setting a Section V pitching record for career wins at Lyons High School in 2012.

NEWARK, N.Y. – To say that Colburn Park is a busy place for baseball games would be an understatement.

The field on East Union Street, which the village owns, is home to the Newark Pilots of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. However, team owner Bob Ohmann pointed out the Pilots played only 30 of the 120 games staged at the park in 2016.

“That’s a lot of games,” Ohmann stated.

Newark Mayor Jonathan Taylor agreed. In addition to the Pilots, Taylor noted that Newark High School plays there, and the facility plays host to numerous sectional and college games each year.

The field served as the home of the now-defunct Newark Co-Pilots of the New York-Penn League from 1968-79, and has always been a treat for high school players because of its well-maintained field and professional stadium-feel.

Ohmann credits the village for its dedication to the upkeep of the facility, which opened in 1930.

Still, improvements are always needed, Ohmann continued. And while other baseball facilities in the region have sought state funds for capital improvements, Newark never did, he said.

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