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Thank You Recoveron!

We would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Steve Broekman and his amazing team at Recoveron Restoration Services for the work they did to ensure the concession stands at Optimist Park were cleaned and safe for the 2019 Spring/Summer season after the damage caused by the flood.

You can visit Recoveron Restoration Services at

Optimist South Update

The roof was installed at Optimist South Field!Image may contain: sky and outdoor

Optimist Park Changes!

It is with great excitement that we share with you that construction at East River Optimist Park is tentatively set to begin on June 3rd. We would like to say thank you to all who made this dream possible!

Plans include:

  • A new parking lot for 47 cars and 2 spaces that are handicap accessible.
  • A circle at the end of the parking lot to make turning easier.
  • A new concession stand with bathrooms.
  • Walkways to the East River Trail, concessions stands, parking lot, etc.
  • Space for a playground to be built someday in the future.

These changes will increase the safety and convenience for all who visit the East River Optimist Park, especially our baseball families. 

We will keep you posted on any impacts that the construction will have on parking and/or game schedules as they become available. 

Field updates!

There were many updates made at the end of 2018 and some amazing projects coming this spring. A huge thank you to all those involved in making these updates happen!

Emilie Field
The outfield was completely redone and new grass laid. The field should be available again for the 2019 season!

Optimist North and South Fields

  • Additional batting cages were installed. There are now 2 at North and 2 at South.
  • Bullpens were created on both fields.
  • Resurfacing was done on both infields. Product was laid in fall to give it time to settle for the 2019 season. 
  • As part of the infield work, both fields will get a clay batters boxes and clay mound areas. Plus, there will be all new base pegs. Work will be completed this spring.
  • A new dugout was built on the Optimist South baseline. Blocks were laid for the first baseline dugout and the roof will be completed this spring.

DeBroux Field
A new scoreboard will be installed. 

Stay tuned for even bigger changes coming in 2019!!!!


2019 Partnership Details



We are very excited to announce that for the 2019 baseball season, the Green Bay Eastside Baseball Organization has decided to partner with the Allouez Little League Program.

Both programs have a very long history of providing youth players between the ages of 4 and 12 the opportunity to play America’s Favorite Sport – Baseball. 

The combined program will be administrated by the Green Bay Eastside Baseball Program.  This partnership is a win for both programs.  For the Allouez Program, it puts youth baseball back on the center stage in the community after a one year hiatus.  For the Eastside Green Bay Program, the benefit is two-fold.  First, by adding numbers from the Allouez community our program will remain strong for years to come.  Second, Allouez has always had a great facility and the partnership will allow the program to play 90% of its games within 2 square miles.

Changes to be made aware of:

Current Green Bay Eastside Program Members:

  • Added fields for all leagues (T-Ball to Majors)

Allouez Program Members:

  • Added fields for all leagues
  • League Website (
  • League Terminology (Descriptions are available on the website)

T-Ball (4-6)

Bambino (7-8)

Minors (9-10)

Majors (11-12)

  • Mandatory Assessments for players registering for Minors and Majors 
  • Online Registration
  • Travel Ball Opportunity (Green Bay Sluggers).  All travel ball players MUST be active participants in the league.

Email any questions to Kent Klein (


Dear GBESYB Families,

We’ve got some exciting news to share with everyone!  As you’ve probably heard or seen by now, there has been some significant progress in the efforts to build a new concession stand and bathrooms that will also coincide with a city project to improve access to the park that will include a new parking lot, paved walkways to each field and a trailhead for the East River Trail system. 

One of the biggest roadblocks was a state law that made it difficult to proceed with projects of this size.  Through the relentless efforts of Dan Madigan of the Green Bay Optimist Club, that law was recently changed and the announcement was made a few weeks ago at our own Optimist Park (with 2 feet of snow on the ground still!) as the groundbreaking, cornerstone project of the new state law – Assembly Bill 821.  It was covered on the news and you can see it here:

Between the Green Bay Optimist Club, GBESYB and numerous baseball families and friends, Optimist Park has undergone several improvements over the years including the construction and lighting of Optimist South, dugouts at North, scoreboards at both fields, batting cages at both fields as well as two projects in the works – a second batting cage at each field and the construction of covered dugouts at South.  NONE of these projects happen without the generous support of the people and organizations mentioned above and the new concession stand project is no different.

This is where we need YOUR help.  The plans for the concession stand have been drawn and a materials list has been made.  We are in need of the following building materials and MORE:

-          Concrete/Masonry

-          Metals, Lumber, Insulation, etc.

-          Door Frames/Openings

-          Plastering, Painting, Floor Coating

-          Plumbing - Toilet, Sinks, Accessories

-          Countertops, Cabinets 

-          HVAC, Electrical Wiring

-          Excavation, Site Stripping

-          Landscaping

-          …and more!

The Optimist Club of Green Bay has already made a significant donation to help jump start this project and now we’re once again reaching out to our baseball community for help. 

If you or anyone you know would be willing to donate time, materials or labor in any one of these areas, PLEASE let us know and we will send you the details of what is needed.  We have an ambitious goal of getting this started at the conclusion of our Spring/Summer season.  We hope that you will consider helping this become a reality and improving the experience of greatest game in the world…baseball…for our ballplayers, families and visitors at our own Optimist Park for generations to come!

For more information on how you can help or donate, please contact Eric Hunter at OR Kent Klein at

If you’re looking for some additional inspiration, just imagine how glorious it would be coming to your child’s ball game and being able to use an actual bathroom instead of a Porta-Potty….


Published: May 23, 2018