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The Detroit Tigers Community Impact Team, with the help of staff volunteers and Tigers grounds crew organized a Spring Field Cleanup at William Clay Ford Field in Detroit. The field is a historical spot where Tigers legend Willie Horton once played. 

“We enhanced this field using recycled clay and dirt from Comerica Park, which is just a few miles away,” said Matthew Williams, community impact manager for the Tigers. “Reusing the dirt underscores our commitment to sustainability and protecting the environment in our community.”

The event, scheduled in conjunction with Earth Day on April 22, involved spreading recycled dirt and clay, weed removal and a cleanup of the parking lot. The aim was to preserve the integrity and historical significance of the field where Horton began his baseball journey.

With Comerica Park’s annual offseason maintenance process, Williams’ idea was to repurpose the dirt and other items from the baseball stadium, instead of allowing it to simply sit in an area landfill. 

“This is not the only field that we’re helping clean up,” Williams said. “We’re going throughout the city to make sure everybody in Detroit has a place to play baseball and softball.”