As a 6-year-old, Treyton Kilar was passionate about many things, including baseball. When Kilar’s life was tragically taken from him in 2010 when a drunk driver struck his family’s vehicle, Kilar’s family, friends, and fellow community members quickly came together to honor his life in a way that only seemed fit.
On October fourth, 2014, which would have been Kilar’s 11th birthday, a grand reveal of Treyton’s Field of Dreams brought an entire community together to celebrate. Four years, over $700,000 of fundraising, and countless volunteers completed a baseball facility in Kilar’s honor in Starin Park. The facility includes a synthetic turf infield, concrete dugouts, and full stadium seating for spectators. The City of Whitewater Parks and Recreation Department will use this facility to not only honor Kilar, but also increase activity throughout the community. Many of the fundraising events for the facility included 5K runs, like the most recent held on October twelfth. Matt Amundson, Director of Parks and Recreation, has big plans for the facility by increasing the number of baseball and softball tournaments currently offered.
“The Kilar family established a common goal that the community can embrace,” said Amundson.
Treyton’s Field of Dreams has added to the three existing diamonds within Starin Park. Last year, these fields saw 186 youth baseball games. The new field in Kilar’s name will be the premiere field in the four-field complex hosting Whitewater Parks and Recreation leagues and tournaments. With this field, Parks and Recreation leagues will be able to host six games per night, as well as add an additional six tournaments, maximizing the use of Starin Park.
With this facility, the Whitewater community will be able to share their love of baseball, as well as continue to honor one of their own. For more information about Treyton’s Field of Dreams, visit this link: treysfield.org
-Rachel Tripp, GoStrive Team Member