Atlanta Braves players help reopen Tom Fontaine Park


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Tom Fontaine Park in West Macon is ready for ball to be played.

After a couple of months of renovations, the field is resurfaced and leveled out. Irrigation and new grass was also added.

This was all made possible through the Revitalizing Baseball in Inner-cities (RBI). United Way helped get a $50,000 grant from Scott’s and Major League Baseball (MLB) to renovate one field. The Atlanta Braves Foundation decided to help with the other field.

“It’s like Christmas, it really is,” said RBI President, Freddie Stewart. “You wait 364 says for that day and here it is. This is awesome, the turnout, it really is. It’s just a great event for the kids and community.”

Hundreds of people, including children, attended a ribbon at the field Wednesday afternoon. Four former Atlanta Braves baseball players, David Ross, Johnny Estrada, Dwight Smith, and Jeff Treadway, were also in attendance. They helped host a baseball clinic for several children in the area.

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Edna Ruiz joined the 41NBC news team in October of 2016. She was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. Edna graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016, majoring in Telecommunications with a focus in Broadcast News and a minor in Political Science. During her time at USF, she interned at Univision Tampa Bay, FOX 13 News and was the On-Air Promotions announcer for the New York Yankees during Spring Training. She was a USF Latino Scholar and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She comes from a Mexican-American background and is fluent in Spanish. Although she’s very new to the area, she is excited to be serving the Middle Georgia community. Edna loves to meet new people and hear their stories. So, if you have a story idea or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out to her at