Treyton's Field of Dreams close to reality
WHITEWATER–After almost three years of planning and fundraising, Treyton's Field of Dream's is finally set to begin construction in a few weeks at Starin Park, 504 W. Starin Road.
The Whitewater Common Council on Tuesday approved a contract with E and N Hughes Co. and accept donated services from local contractors. The project is set to be completed by June 1, 2014.
Treyton Kilar was a 6-year-old boy who loved baseball and dreamed of playing in the big leagues. On Sept. 2, 2010, his dream was cut short when he was killed in a drunken driving crash.
Treyton's family became determined that people should remember Treyton and know where destructive decisions could lead. With that goal in mind, Treyton's Field of Dream's developed.
Originally planned to be a basic baseball field, the field has since grown to a design for a youth-sized baseball diamond for kids to “feel like they're playing in the major leagues” with concessions stands and elaborate lighting and more features that will set it apart from other fields, said Mary Kilar, Treyton's mother.
“If this field can represent, even in a small way, that we need to make better decisions in our society and even in our culture, then we have achieved a goal just in that,” Kilar said.
Matt Amundson, Whitewater parks and recreation director, is one of the leaders in getting the field built. He said it has been almost three years of constant planning and hurtles to get the project to where it is today because it kept growing and getting support from the community.
There have been multiple fundraisers each year to support the field, including kickball tournaments, dodgeball games and marathons, and they will continue in the future.
The Major League Baseball Association is hosting a golf outing on Monday with retired baseball players and has chosen to support Treyton's Field of Dreams. The Third Annual Run for Trey is Oct. 13, and all proceeds will go to the field. Details can be found at TreysField.org.
There have also been donations made from friends, families and businesses, including the Milwaukee Brewers.
“This vision and project has brought us so much joy and comfort, knowing that there are so many good people that are supportive and will give anything to help their neighbor,” Kilar said. “When this tragedy happened, I can't say enough how much our people, our society, has done to support us and our vision.”
But even with all the support, Treyton's Field of Dreams posed major challenges for Amundson and others planning the field. The only bid to construct the field came from N Hughes Co. and was more than planned, Amundson said. He had to get creative if the field was ever to be more than just a dream.
Amundson went to local contractors to pitch the idea of getting services and supplies donated to bring down the price of construction. The plan worked, and the Kilar family and all of its supporters can finally celebrate.
“We love that the field is going to be a memorial to our son, but our entire family loves that Treyton's legacy will live on because we are gifting the community with something that our children will be utilizing for years to come,” Kilar said.