Millwood, Rangers unveil youth park

Millwood, Rangers unveil youth park

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have a new ballpark going up in Arlington.

This one will be a Little League park about 10 minutes east of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and will be courtesy of pitcher Kevin Millwood and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

Millwood and the foundation announced on Monday afternoon that a joint donation of $101,250 is being made to build the Kevin Millwood Texas Rangers Ballpark as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington new National Semiconductor Sports Complex.

"It's not about the money as much as giving kids an outlet," Millwood said. "It's about giving kids a place to go that's safe and they can do something they enjoy. The money doesn't matter."

The ballpark will be located at the corner of Wynn Terrace and Glynn Oaks Drive in east Arlington and will include dugouts, bleachers, a grass infield and full fencing. Construction is scheduled to begin in February with completion in June.

"I think the best thing about a Little League park is to be able just to go there and have fun," Millwood said. "Growing up, I really loved going to the local Little League park for games and practice. In fact, I used to get in trouble stopping at the Little League park instead of coming home from school. It's a great place for kids to do something productive instead of sitting on the couch watching television or playing video games."

This is the 10th youth ballpark built by the Rangers Foundation and will be part of a sports complex that will include a multi-use soccer and flag football complex.

"I'm really proud of what Kevin is doing in the community with his money and time," Rangers president Nolan Ryan said. "It's just one more example of what our players are doing in the community and what our foundation is trying to accomplish."

The foundation was created in 1991 and has contributed more than $10 million to community endeavors. In addition to the youth ballpark program, more than 200 college scholarships have been awarded and 22 homes have been built through Habitat for Humanity. In 2008, 14 Rangers players contributed a record total of $590,000 to the foundation for a variety of projects.

On Monday, the Rangers also announced that Karin Morris will take over as the executive director of the foundation. The Rangers also announced a new logo for the foundation with the slogan: "We love giving back."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.