Work could start this year on memorial baseball field in Whitewater
WHITEWATER A small boy's dream of playing baseball in the big leagues won't ever come true.
Instead, his memory will give the community of Whitewater a place where all kids can play ball.
On Thursday, Mary Kilar announced the donation of $75,000 to the Treyton Kilar Field of Dreams project, which is expected to cost $774,000.
Treyton Kilar, 6, died Sept. 2, 2010, when the car he was a passenger in was hit by a drunken driver.
The family, including Mike Kilar, Treyton's father, and two of Treyton's siblings were in the car at the time. His father suffered serious injuries.
After the accident, Treyton's mother talked about his love of baseball and how he wanted everyone to enjoy the sport as much as he did.
The idea for a Treyton Kilar Field of Dreams was born.
The most recent donation is from Stan and Cindy Jaskolski, family members of Mike and Mary Kilar, according to a news release.
They were inspired by a $50,000 donation from the Golden State Foods Foundation. Golden State, one of the primary suppliers for the fast-food giant McDonald's, has an office in Whitewater.
The fund for the Field of Dreams has now reached $599,000, said Matt Admundson, parks and recreation director for the city of Whitewater.
"We are working on going out to bid," Admundson said. "We feel we are very close on the construction of the fields, parking lots and path improvements."
Part of the challenge will be figuring out how to work the in-kind construction donations into the state bidding process the city is required to use, he said.
"We anticipate starting construction this year," Admundson said.
Supporters and city staff still are working on funding for a pavilion/family center, the concession stand, restrooms and field lighting.
A grant could help pay for lighting.
"The Kilars taught the community how to handle a tragedy," Admundson said. "I have never heard them say one negative thing. It has always been how they can positively benefit the community."
Mike and Mary Kilar said they felt "blessed beyond words to have been given six years with our beautiful son," according to the news release.
"Now, we continue to be comforted by the love of so many people. We are humbled, we are thankful."