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Brookfield father builds baseball field for 5 year-old son

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BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -

"If you build it they will come." You've heard the saying before and a father in Brookfield is hoping it holds true.

"And he asked, 'Dada, can we have a baseball yard in the backyard?,'" Jason Kidd of Brookfield says the question from his son two years ago sparked an idea.

"I kind of blew him off and then a couple days later I was thinking about it, I went out and did some measuring," explained Kidd. "Next thing I know I'm having trees removed and then a hill removed and now there is a baseball field here."

The baseball field isn't full size, but rather intended for wiffle ball. Still he believes it's the perfect size for his son to grow up playing ball.

"You should have seen his face light up when they put the clay down and the red top dressing I mean he just lit-up. It was great," said Kidd.

The project didn't happen over night. It took about two years of planning, about $30-thousand invested, and there's still work still to be done.

"Still going to put up a fence, some foul poles, and lighting. The lighting will be temporary," said Kidd.

Trustees tell 21 News they did receive an anonymous call from a neighbor with concerns about run off from the field, but said they do not have any ordinances in place that could prevent someone from building something like this field.

"I'll be quit honest with you, I don't know if we had zoning if we'd want to prevent it. What a great thing," said Trustee Dan Suttles. "When i was a kid we used to have to find a vacant field to play on if we wanted to play baseball."

And that's exactly what this father hopes to provide to his son and friends.

"If it becomes a popular thing, maybe we can do some charity events, a home run derby or a tournament or something like that but, really just for the kids or even the grown ups to come out and play some ball," said Kidd.

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