VIRGINIA BEACH -- The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the Princess Anne Little League Park in Virginia Beach Thursday.

The City of Virginia Beach, through a long-term lease with Princess Anne Little League, provided the land for the new ball park, which will be located at 4141 Dam Neck Road.

Princess Anne Little League Park hopes to offer children of all ages and abilities a safe, positive environment where they can grow and learn, while playing the great game of baseball.

The new complex will include state-of-the art synthetic turf youth fields, a natural grass full size field and an adaptive baseball field to ensure that children of all abilities can participate.

'We are excited to collaborate with Princess Anne Little League and the City of Virginia Beach to bring this unique opportunity to its youth,' said Steve Salem, President of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. 'This is a great day for the Virginia Beach community and the youth who will soon have new state-of-the- art facilities where they can play, grow and learn.'

Construction on the project will begin this fall.

Phase I is expected to be completed by November 2013.

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