WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood will be hosting a community baseball exhibition and celebration of the sport on Sunday, October 15 as part of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” initiative.

According to a press release from the city of West Hollywood, the program encourages cities and towns across the country to participate in both casual and competitive community baseball and softball games in the hopes of generating enthusiasm for the sport.

West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division will be hosting the event at Plummer Park’s Vista Lawn at 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard. The celebration is free to the public and attendance is open for all ages. Members from the West Hollywood City Council and city staff members are expected to attend the event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The first pitch will be thrown by personnel from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at 11:15 a.m. to signal the start of the festivities. A Home Run Derby will begin at 11:20 a.m., with a youth baseball clinic to follow at noon. Food will be provided.

The MLB began the “Play Ball” initiative in 2015 with the objective of fostering greater interest in baseball among youth, in addition to developing stronger intra-community bonds among residents.

For additional information, contact the city of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division at (323) 848-6535 or at recreation@weho.org. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, call TTY (323) 848-6496.