By Sarah Connell
Auburn Public Schools welcomed the Worcester Red Sox for a professional development session on March 15, to discuss community partnerships. The Worcester Red Sox will become the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox in 2021; the team will play at Polar Park in Worcester’s Canal District. Polar Park will be located less than 5 miles away from Auburn and have the capacity for approximately 10,000 fans.
“A group of fifth grade students built a scaled model of Polar Park based on the initial renderings,” said Media Specialist Sarah Connell. “When the team’s communications staff saw a video of the project, they agreed to join us in Auburn to discuss future opportunities for youth fundraising, STEM events, and school trips.”
Polar Park will be designed by Larry Lucchino and Janet Marie Smith, the visionaries responsible for Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the 2003 renovations to Fenway Park.
“Janet and Larry are always mindful of the community they’re impacting,” said Creative Services Specialist Joe Jacobs, adding, “They are known for thinking outside the box and going beyond the standard model by emphasizing a community’s quirks and characteristics and trying to bring those to the ballpark.”
The Worcester Red Sox have hosted a series of “Fan Plan Meetings” throughout the region. They plan to make a special trip to Swanson Road Intermediate School this spring in order to meet with the students who constructed the model of Polar Park.
“There are a lot of connections to be made between baseball, math, and science,” said Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Pawtucket Red Sox Bart Harvey, “Especially, since Auburn and Worcester are considered home to modern rocketry.”