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  • Mission

    The purpose of this organization shall be to support, foster, aid and enhance the sports programs for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and to assist their efforts by securing support from public and private sources. B.A.T.S. will seek to encourage donations and the provisions of supplemental funds for equipment and programs consistent with the philosophy of the city of Columbus and the spirit of this body. Further, B.A.T.S. will endeavor to act in an advisory capacity to the Sports Section by communicating the needs, desires, and criticisms of the Columbus sports community.
  • History

    The first meeting of this Columbus task force was held October 16,1986. Five softball enthusiasts attended this initial session to discuss potential solutions to improving the facilities at Berliner Park. Subsequent meetings attracted additional individuals interested in the same cause and the B.A.T.S. organization was formed. On February 17, 1987, B.A.T.S. was registered with the Secretary of State as a non-profit group. Work soon began to upgrade the facilities at Berliner Park. Initially, B.A.T.S. organized volunteer work groups, but then the contract to operate the concession facility at diamonds #1-5 was extended to them. In 1988, the 20-year-old stand was revitalized with $45,000.00 in donated labor and materials. Since then, B.A.T.S. has provided over $650,000.00 worth of improvements to Berliner and other city facilities.
  • 2006 to Present

    In January of 2006, the B.A.T.S. Board changed their focus and their operations. The decision was made to partner with other organizations to run and operate tournaments and to host special events. Through these efforts, recent improvements have been made to Northcrest, Rhodes, Busch, and of course, Berliner Park. Through these great partnerships and hard work of all the members, additional improvements of over $1,000,000 have been donated to Berliner Park and other city facilities by B.A.T.S.

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Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm
1111 East Broad Street, Suite 103
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone - 614-645-3366
Fax - 614-645-0686
Email - crpdsports@gmail.com


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