Despite thefts, Mukilteo Little League hopes to finish new clubhouse by March
It’s been a rough fall and winter for the Mukilteo Little League’s latest project.
Through countless hours of volunteer time and donations, the club has been working for five years to build a new snack shack and clubhouse at Paine Field Park off of Beverly Park Road.
The project, which started in earnest last fall in the hopes of being completed before this spring’s season, has been the target of several thefts and break-ins during construction.
Mukilteo Little League President Dave Burdyshaw said the project has been a dream for the group, which has been using a 20x20 shed for the concessions and other storage.
The new building is 1,200 square feet, and will include a full kitchen, serving area, bathroom and a meeting room.
The Little League started raising money five years ago, and got a grant from Snohomish County to help pay for a portion of the new building. The rest has been donated and built by volunteers.
Last October, as building materials began to arrive, the club got an unwanted result – thefts. Since October there have been five break-ins at the site.
Burdyshaw said roughly $5,000 worth of materials has been stolen, not counting the $500 or $600 it has cost the Little League to beef up security.
“The first time they took the lawnmower and a leaf blower,” said Burdyshaw. “The second, it was batteries for a truck and tractor.
“The third time, it was donated building materials, and the last two times, they didn’t take anything, probably because we’ve added locks and tried to keep it all safe.”
Because the club is a non-profit and everything has been donated, Burdyshaw is afraid they won’t be able to finish before the March 22 deadline, opening day for the new season.
“It’s a dream snack shack,” he said. “This is what we’ve been working toward for many years.”
Burdyshaw, a fire captain, who doesn’t have a kid in the league anymore – his son played years ago – spends his days off from the fire station working at the site.
“It’s all volunteer work, except the stuff the volunteers couldn’t do,” he said, like pouring the concrete slab. “Eighty percent of the time, I’m here on my off days.”
All of the thefts were reported to local police, but there isn’t much to go on.
“My goal is to have it open March 22,” said Burdyshaw. “With luck, maybe we’ll get there.”
Burdyshaw said he understands not everyone can spend time at the site working, but is hoping through donations of money or supplies the project can be finished soon.
“We’re doing what we can,” he said.
Specifically, the club is hoping to get donations of siding for the building, electrical work and plumbing.
The Mukilteo Little League had 650 players last year, ranging from 5-years-old to 18.
Anyone interested in helping the club, through donations or time, can contact Burdyshaw at 425-308-2485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.