The Rumsey Park III ball field now has a state-of-the-art scoreboard, thanks to the generosity of National Bank of Arizona and others.
The scoreboard, which will be used at Little League games and other contests played on the field, was erected several weeks ago. It will be officially donated to the town at the June 7 council meeting.
On hand at the meeting will be representatives of National Bank and six other local businesses that contributed to the purchase of the board.
Although the board is not yet operational, it is expected to be, by the time it is turned over to the town.
National Bank Regional President Brent Cannon and Commercial Loan Officer Kevin Alderson, both members of the Payson Little League Board of Directors, were instrumental in securing the board for the park.
"We have our own Little League Park (Rumsey III) now and wanted it to have (a scoreboard)," Alderson said.
The scoreboard is being welcomed with open arms by Little League coaches and managers, including 2006 Payson all-star manager Craig McMullen.
"It is great for the league, the players and the town," he said.
The new scoreboard is not the only improvement to Rumsey III. Last summer, it was one of four Rumsey fields to be covered with professional-grade synthetic surface known as FieldTurf.
FieldTurf officials claim the new surface is "an idea that changed an entire industry."
The synthetic turf is touted as looking, playing and feeling like grass.
The infill is a patented mixture of smooth, rounded silica sand, rubber granules and "Nike Grind," which is recycled Nike sports shoes.
That, combined with the tall pile fabric (grass) and the distance between the rows of fibers, keep the surface from compacting.
The manufacturer said the state-of-the-art surface reduces player injury, a claim former town Payson Parks and Recreation director Bill Schwind said led him to recommend the FieldTurf purchase.
Because the FieldTurf product was not installed on Rumsey III until after the 2006 season, this year is the first that Little League games have been played on the new surface.