The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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May 2, 2013

Joplin, Conservation Department offer activities for Mother’s Day

JOPLIN, Mo. — Don’t know what to do with Mom on Mother’s Day?

The city suggests considering taking her out to the old ballgame or hitting the links.

Historic Joe Becker Stadium, which has been renovated in observance of its 100th anniversary, will play host Sunday, May 12, to an exhibition game between the Kansas City T-Bones and the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

Mothers will be admitted free of charge with another paid admission of $5 for adults or $3 for children ages 3 to 12. The game will be played at 2 p.m. at the stadium at Third Street and High Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department and the Joplin Sports Authority.

“Joe Becker Stadium is a great venue for baseball, and we invite everyone out to enjoy the day,” Chris Cotten, parks and recreation director, said in a statement. “We recently renovated the concession stand area and added new seating that offers options to the typical bleacher seats in most ballparks. Everyone can be comfortable while spending time with the family and enjoying watching America’s greatest pastime.”

Seats were donated to the stadium by Joplin 66 Speedway.

“We really appreciate their generosity,” Cotten said. “They wanted to help with the renovation of Becker, and the seats are a great addition.”

The 2,000-seat park today is the site for games of all kinds, from semipro to collegiate. The Joplin Outlaws will play there this season.

The city also is offering free green fees for mothers who want to play with their husbands, sons or daughters at Schifferdecker Golf Course on Mother’s Day.

Green fees are $14.50 on weekends and holidays, and $11.50 on weekdays. Senior rates are $10 on weekends and $7.75 on weekdays.

To reserve a tee time at Schifferdecker Golf Course, people may call 417-624-3533. The course opens at 7 a.m.

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