Approaching its second diamond anniversary, Louis Bloch Park will be shining brighter than ever by April.
“Even when I played here 20 something years ago, the lights have always been dim. It was only a matter of time before somebody got hurt,” said Camas-Washougal Babe Ruth President Jaycop Collins.
The ballpark opened Sept. 3, 1940. It’s old wooden based lights had been up since 1972. Collins recalls evenings when they wouldn’t turn on. Games were delayed or restarted the next day.
Clark Public Utilities serviced the lights for several years. Communications Service Manager Heather Allmain said it came to a point where the old system needed to be replaced.
“This is one of the oldest ballparks in the region. It means a lot to the people of Camas and Washougal,” she said. “Our job was to make people understand the direness of the situation. Our employees are passionate about youth sports. Some had even played on this field when they were young.”