Your team’s tournament, practice, and game day destination…
Carrier Park really is “more than you think,” get the facts…
Carrier Park Turf
Increased playability: Carrier Park now has two all new turf infields for youth baseball and all levels of Fastpitch softball. Artificial turf fields are more durable and offer significantly greater playability. Getting on the field to practice and play early in the season is challenging, especially in CNY. Spring and fall rains can often result in the cancellation of numerous games and practices on dirt and natural grass fields; teams often get little or no practice time on dirt or natural grass fields before their first game. Moreover, one game played on a muddy field can ruin that field for the season!
Fewer injuries: The durability and even playing surface of turf results in fewer injuries, too; a concussion pad is laid down beneath the surface of the artificial turf to help prevent injuries incurred by hard impact with the ground. Also, areas of high traffic around the bases and the batter’s box do not get dug out with turf.
Environmentally safe and pesticide-free: You can find comfort in knowing turf fields do not contain pesticides or lead. In fact, pesticides are not used anywhere within The Town of Dewitt’s parks and facilities.
Saves water: An average grass playing field uses about 50,000 gallons of water per week during the growing season.
Saves energy: Carrier Park features energy efficient LED lights for night play; DeWitt has installed LED lighting throughout the town.
Carrier Park Tournaments
Budget: Teams need to budget their money carefully. So, there are many things to consider when choosing where to host your tournament.
Location: Is it convenient & what about travel time? Located right off NYS Thruway Exit 35, Carrier Park is located minute from Interstate 481 and Routes 81 and 690. Hancock International Airports sits on the northern most corner of DeWitt, and bus and train transportation is less than 10 minutes away at the Regional Transportation Center.
Conditions: How are the field conditions? All new turfed infields at Carrier Park greatly increase playability and ensure your team is playing on a safe, level surface every time they step on the field. No need to worry about crooked or scratched out foul lines or batter’s boxes.
Facility: How is the facility? Carrier Park is a state-of-the art facility. Though it is a long-term, multi-phase, $12.5 million project, with Phase 2 nearing completion, Carrier Park is well on its way to becoming the leading fully integrated, fully accessible, all-inclusive outdoor multi-sports athletic complex in the region. The facility was created to support the economic well-being of the DeWitt community, and for the use and enjoyment of local residents, the greater community, and visitors to Central New York.
Fields: What about additional fields? Off-site field locations, including DeWitt’s own Maxwell Park location, will be available in spring 2021.
What else is available at the park? Carrier Park also features 3 new, lighted basketball courts that feature fully adjustable backboards and rim, a new all-inclusive playground, and a walking trial.
Staff: How is the organization? Tournaments at Carrier Park Field of Dreams are run by the professional staff of the Town of DeWitt Parks and Recreation departments; we organize and run multiple events on a daily basis. We also communicate regularly with team and event coordinators to keep you updated and informed as to the status of events, openings in the schedule, supporting you with required forms, and answering questions. Members of the Parks and Rec. staff have 25+ years of coaching Softball and Baseball teams at the Travel, High School, and the College level.
Carrier Park, Town of DeWitt, NY
The Town of DeWitt has 28 hotels, with almost 3,000 rooms. DeWitt is home to a myriad of retail, restaurant, and recreation options and we are just a short drive away from Downtown Syracuse, Armory Square, and Destiny Mall. Charming villages like Fayetteville, Cazenovia, and Skaneateles are also close by.
DeWitt is also rich in “natural capital” with several parks – Ryder, Butternut Creek, Cedar Bay, Maxwell and Fiddlers Green - greenspaces, and neighborhood parks, as well as an extensive town trail system that connects to both the Erie Canal Trailway and New York’s 750-mile Empire State Trail. Green Lakes State Park, Clark’s Reservation, Highland Forest, and Beaver Lake Nature Center are also just a short distance away.
Syracuse Challenger Baseball
Carrier Park is the proud home of the Syracuse Challenger Baseball program; Challenger is a Little League division that provides children with physical and mental developmental disabilities the opportunity to do something we all take for granted…play baseball. Carrier Park’s turf infields allow the special needs ballplayers of Syracuse Challenger to attain maximum game inclusion and true athletic participation. Ease of dugout to field accessibility, plus fully functional base path and infield navigability for players who utilize wheelchairs and orthotics, and smooth surface safety features benefit not only Challenger players, but coaches, field mentors, and volunteers, too.
Off-site fields available DeWitt’s Maxwell
Park Plenty of parking
Entrance Digital Kiosk w/tournament info., schedules & brackets
Concession stand and concession patios
Fully accessible indoor bathrooms, including team rooms
Lights for night play
PA speakers for each field
Registration is now open for 2021 youth baseball and all levels of Fastpitch softball tournaments at Carrier Park! Registration can be completed online, by mail, or in person at the Town of DeWitt Recreation Office, DeWitt Town Hall, 2nd floor, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, 13057. Accepted forms of payment include credit/debit card*, check, money order or cash. Visit http://carrierpark.org/tournaments/ for information and registration forms.
*A non-refundable service fee of 3.09% will be applied to all credit/debit card transactions.