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Community Impact project delivers a home run for Bigfork baseball field

By Lauren Mau

October 8, 2023

The ARA Foundation, in partnership with The Toro Company Foundation, completed a Community Impact Program project in Bigfork, Mont., to benefit Aero Lane Park, a local baseball field.

On Sept. 27, volunteers worked together to enhance and upgrade the baseball diamond and park amenities. This included creating a new infield, new backstop fencing, refurbished bleachers and dugout benches as well as beautification updates throughout the park.

“Creating high-quality playing fields is crucial to the ballplayers’ experience. ARA [American Rental Association] members from the local community and across the northwest region stepped up to the challenge, using their professional talents and equipment to transform the field and beautify the park,” said Judson McNeil, ARA Foundation director of programs and fundraising.

To complete the work at the field, volunteers from ARA, The Toro Company Foundation and representatives from seven northwest regional and local rental operations turned out. The volunteers moved grass, replaced and stained bleachers, installed new gravel in the dugouts and parking areas, aerated the field and more. All projects required the use of different equipment provided by local rental stores.

“Having an outdoor space for our community’s youth to recreate, create memories, develop friendships and build character is an important aspect of our department,” said Chris Maestas, Flathead County Park director. “The generous monetary donation by ARA and Toro as well as the time and effort from their volunteers to improve a little league baseball field that is used heavily by the Bigfork community will have a lasting impact on the ball players and the community as a whole. Flathead County is fortunate to have the support of the groups and individuals who have stepped up to the plate to support our youth through parks and recreation.”

The Bigfork project is the third Community Impact Program project the ARA Foundation has completed in partnership with The Toro Company Foundation in 2023. Planning is underway for 2024 projects. To learn more and submit an application, click here.

The participants who made it happen

The ARA Foundation thanks the following companies that took part in the Community Impact Program project at Aero Lane Park, Bigfork, Mont.:

Toro, Bloomington, Minn.
ARA Insurance, Overland Park, Kan.
Big Sky Rents and Events, Kalispell, Mont.
Bigfork Rentals, Bigfork, Mont.
Celebrate Events and Party Rental, Whitefish, Mont.
Essex Silver Line West, Ridgefield, Wash.
NW Quik Pull, Battle Ground, Wash.
Rental Equipment Investment Corp., Kalispell, Mont.
Sunbelt Rentals, Fort Mill, S.C.
Tates Rents, Boise, Idaho