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September 5, 2013

Dreams Park season comes to an end

The Cooperstown Dreams Park is still one of the reigning draws for people to visit Cooperstown. From the first week of June to the last week of August, youth teams participate in competitive baseball tournaments each week. As the 2013 summer season came to a close, CEO Mike Walter said the park has had a very good year.

“We’re full. We have had 104 teams a week and it has been very good,” Walter said.

Walter declined to compare this year to last year in terms of revenue, but he reiterated that this year had been a very solid year.

Walter did say that it costs $850 per participant to play in the tournaments for a week. Most teams have 11 to 13 members, so it costs about $10,000 per team to play in the tournament.

Some people have to budget very carefully in order to send their kids to the Cooperstown Dreams Park.

“We had to plan all year for this financially,” said Elaina Orlando of Long Island. Her son plays for the Bayport Blue Point Phantoms.

But people still arrive in droves every summer so their kids can play baseball.

Joe Orszulak of Ware, Mass., said there is no other place his 12-year-old son, who was participating in the tournament, would rather be.

“This is a dream come true for him. For a few years he has been talking about coming here and he has read all about it. He is loving it,” he said.

“My son always wanted to come here,” Orszulak continued.

Orszulak came to Cooperstown with his whole family: His wife, Patty, sons Travis, Tyler and Philip and his daughter, Chelsea, so that Travis could play baseball with the Ludlow Lions.

The family spent part of the week at a family camp in Oppenheim and the rest at the Holiday Inn.

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