By Kensey Curtis - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A local volunteer group hoped to see several hundred girls show up in Lubbock Sunday, to participate in a free softball tournament, but organizers say they had to cancel after the city asked them to pay.
Organizers of Pitch, Hit, and Run canceled their free event on Friday. Organizer Mathew Howard spent months planning to have the free event on the softball fields at the Lubbock Youth Sports Complex, but early Friday afternoon he learned use of the fields requires a fee.
Howard says a city official informed him that as of October 1st, fields aren't free of charge anymore. "They now say if you have any kind of activity, that your going to have to pay. So, for instance, I said what if I went to Higginbotham Park and did this event, nope your having an event and that kind of activity, your going to have to pay the city now to use public facilities even though it's just dirt, and we pay for it with our tax dollars," he said.
Howard says the city wants $150 per field and for each player to be insured. Pitch, Hit, and Run plans to have their free event in another town by the middle of May.
KCBD tried to contact Mayor Tom Martin, City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld, and City Councilman John Leonard who represents the district where the field are located for comment. None had called us back by the time of this report.
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