Pioneer League Opening Day
The Newburyport Pioneer League opened its 50th season April 19 with a parade that stretched from Atkinson Common to Pioneer Park. More than 750 athletes between the ages of 6 and 15 are took part in the ceremonies. The athlete pool is at at all-time high | up from 710 athletes last year. Ten years ago, the league had 400 athletes. Pioneer Park is set for a complete renovation following this season as long as the board of directors receives permission from the city's Planning Board and the proper funds are raised. The $650,000 project calls for new dugouts, electronic scoreboards, fencing, bleachers, batting cages and grass baseball fields. The league received permission for the renovations from Pioneer Park neighbors last fall, putting the project in motion thanks to the outpouring of community support.