A plan to name the Tracy Ballpark goes forward after the Ritter family. It went and obtained consent before the Tracy Parks and Community Resources Committee on Aug. 2. The board's decision on the naming of the Ritter Family Park would be referred to the City Council at a forthcoming council meeting, perhaps in September or October, for final action.

The President of Tracy Friends for Parks, Recreation & Environmental Programs, Dan Schack, who created the candidacy plan, said that Carlton E. The contributions of "Pete" and Margaret Ritter to Tracy "far surpass the naming criteria" set by the region. In 1944, the Ritters donated 10.6 acres of undeveloped land to the city for a ballpark near Bessie Avenue and 23rd Street. When brought into operation in 1946, the ballpark replaced a ballpark built on property near the southeast corner of East and 11th streets in the early 1940's. During World War II, the ballpark was torn down at the Tracy Quartermaster Depot and Southern Pacific Railroad to make room for the Wainwright Village housing complex for workers' families.

Schack acknowledged that Pete Ritter, an insurance and real estate broker, has been one of Tracy's most influential civic members for more than three decades, in addition to contributing the ballpark land to the area. He was instrumental in the development of the Tracy Inn in 1927 and the Tracy Community Memorial Hospital in 1948, and in the formation of the city manager position in 1954. He died at the age of 86, in 1983. His wife, who was long involved in theatrical plays, was one of the founders of Tracy Community Players, Tracy's first independent group of theatres.

The grandson of the Ritters, Paul Ritter, told the commissioners on recreation that Ritter Family Ballpark was an apt name, because both grandparents gave land to the city for the ballpark.

Brian MacDonald, director of city parks and recreation, said the central diamond of the ballpark will now be called George Albano Field in memory of an involved athlete and long-time mentor of youth and adult sports teams. New name for the field at Ritter Family Ballpark will be George Albano Field.

 

This park has a lot of space for your pets to ride. It’s a good place for football, soccer, and softball. A lot of youth teams use this as a practice area. It is best to go here on holidays with your family and friends to play and exercise.

This amazing park is located near the following parks in Tracy, California:

  • Zanussi Park

  • Clyde Bland Park

  • Gretchen Talley Park

  • Veteran's Park

  • Dr Ceciliani Park

  • El Pescadero Park

  • Larsen Park

  • Larch Clover Park 

 

All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our Stockton location, 2613 Waterloo Road in neighboring Stockton! Stop by anytime!

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