NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The North Plainfield Recreation Department will kick off its spring 2016 season on Sunday, April 10. The borough's annual Opening Day Baseball/Softball Parade will kick off at 1 p.m. at Green Acres Park and conclude at North Plainfield High School’s Howard Krausche Turf Field followed by opening day festivities, games and clinics.

“This is a great opening day event,” said Recreation Director Dennis Passe, adding. “The kids get a chance to be together and celebrate the start of a new season and the coaches are anxious to play and see results of their preseason efforts.”

This year, North Plainfield Recreation Department’s T-ball, coach pitch, softball and baseball program boasts 28 teams – including two from Dunellen in the junior boys division – with players, both boys and girls, ranging in age from 5 to 14 years old.

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Players and coaches from each team will march in the parade dressed in their new 2016 season uniforms and will be joined by Mayor Michael Giordano and members of the borough council and recreation department.

Following the parade, attendees will gather at Krausche Field for opening season announcements and singing of the National Anthem. Then, it’s time to play ball.

Players in third grade and up will take part in clinics provided by North Plainfield High School coaches and players while children involved with coach pitch and T-ball will head to Lower Krausche Field and hold their opening day games. The recreation department will also provide food and drinks to players and coaches. At 5 p.m., the borough’s baseball and softball teams will start their season and each game will feature a ceremonial first pitch.

Mayor Giordano will throw at the first pitch for the junior boys division at Stony Brook Field; Councilman Frank Righetti will throw out the first pitch for the senior boys division at Krausche Field; Councilwoman Keiona Miller will throw out the first pitch for the senior girls program at Krausche Field; and Councilman Frank ‘Skip’ Stabile will through out the first pitch for the junior girls program at East End School.

As in previous year’s, the 2016 parade is sponsored by the North Plainfield Recreation Department with assistance from Global Auto Mall on Route 22. “I want to thank Global Auto Mall for helping sponsor this event each year. Their generosity is greatly appreciated,” said Passe, adding that special thanks also goes to the team coaches. “We, the recreation directors and the recreation committee, appreciate the volunteerism from our coaches.”

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled with information posted on the North Plainfield Recreation Department’s website (http://www.np-recreation.com); on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/North-Plainfield-Recreation-Department-Parks-Commission-213533751995882/?fref=ts) or by calling the Recreation Hotline at 908-756-0247.

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