County to name baseball field

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County will name the baseball field in Bing Crosby Stadium after a longtime supporter of local sports and recreation.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 on Tuesday to name the field after David L. Wines, who died Oct. 11.

The board originally intended to take action on the matter as part of its consent agenda reserved for items that usually involve no discussion or debate. Instead, the board removed the item from the consent agenda to allow people to speak for or against the proposal.

Chairman Richard Traczyk reminded the audience that the board was considering naming the baseball field and that the name of the stadium would not change. The board received a petition with 300 signatures from people in support of the naming, Traczyk said.

Donna Settle, president of Front Royals Cardinals Baseball Inc., also serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Settle also knew Wines for many years and said he “had a significant amount of time that he dedicated to the youth of Warren County.”

“So I appreciate your support and I just would like for the public to know he has over decades of time, spent countless hours of volunteer time, not just in one sport but in multiple sports and he truly loved the youth improvement and enrichment and I think he was an excellent person that you would name the field after,” Settle said.

Supervisor Tony Carter did not attend the meeting. Traczyk told the audience that Carter has expressed his support for naming the field. Traczyk noted that he knew Wines for years and said it would be an honor to name the field for him.

Wines was one of the founding directors of the Front Royal Cardinals and the team’s general manager until he died. Wines coached Front Royal Little League and Midget Football for more than 20 years. He also served as president of the Front Royal Jaycees and was a past member of the Front Royal Lions Club.

Director of Parks and Recreation Daniel P. Lenz spoke to the board about the proposal. Members of the Parks and Recreation Commission and representatives of Front Royal Cardinals Baseball Inc., asked the department in April to name the field after Wines, Lenz said. Supervisors approved changes to the policies for naming facilities after individuals and the commission reviewed those amendments. Lenz pointed out that the county has named several facilities after people in the past.

The commission approved the recommendation at its April meeting to name the field for Wines. Supervisors discussed the request at a work session last month and voiced support for the idea.

The county in the past renamed the Adult Softball Complex Field No. 1 to the Robert E. Mason Field on a recommendation by former Warren County Athletic Director Buck Smith. Other facilities given names include the Champions 53 Field, Eastham Park off Luray Avenue, Rockland Park and the William E. Carson Trail at the Front Royal Golf Club.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com