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Volunteers are the life-blood of the Capitol Area Recreation Association. The generosity of citizens, local businesses, and area contractors has made it possible for CARA to grow from one Little League field and one Farm League field into a large outdoor recreation area.

CARA is utilized by the Augusta Little League, Capitol Area Youth Softball Association, the Augusta National Guard Babe Ruth League, the Capitol Area Soccer Club, the Kennebec Valley Horseshoe Pitchers Association, Kennebec Youth Lacrosse, St. Michael's School, Cony Middle and High Schools, among others.

The CARA complex is a private non-profit organization and very unique. The area developed for outdoor recreational activities is nearly one mile long and includes playing areas for baseball, softball, horseshoes, football, soccer, field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and cross-country for youths and adults alike.

The CARA complex is used for other purposes such as walking, jogging, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and others by local residents, State of Maine employees, and workers from adjacent businesses from dawn to dusk daily.

Because of the broad-based level of commitment to the complex for almost four decades, there is a significant sense of ownership by area residents and businesses who have so generously contributed through donations and other resources plus the many non-paid volunteer hours that have been necesssary to develop and maintain the complex. Our many selfless volunteers give the CARA complex a sense of community and pride.

CARA is a busy place, completely supported by the extraordinary efforts of hundreds of volunteers and the generosity of local businesses. Drop by sometime. We'd love to see you!

Who Uses CARA?

Augusta Little League (Rivelli and Linscott Fields):

Little League 6 Teams, 72 Players 72
Farm League 10 Teams, 100 Players 100
T-Ball 6 Teams, 60 Players 60
City Championship and All-Stars
Total 232

Extended Activities

  • District 5 Tournaments
  • State tournaments
  • Clinics
  • Try-Outs
  • Practice (7 Days/Week)
  • Estimated Spectators for All Activities: 5,000

Capitol Area Youth Softball Association (Minuteman and Patriot Fields):

14-Under 4 Teams, 56 Players 56
12-Under 4 Teams, 50 Players 50
10-Under 4 Teams, 49 Players 49
Instructional League 4 Teams, 47 Players 47
T-Ball 4 Teams, 50 Players 50
Total 252

Extended Activities:

  • ASA Tournaments
  • Clinics
  • Try-Outs
  • Practice (7 Days/Week)
  • Estimated Spectators for All Activities: 5,000

Augusta National Guard Babe Ruth (McGuire and Morton Fields):

Cony High School Baseball (Varsity and Jayvee) 40
Augusta Babe Ruth League (13-15) 90
Augusta Babe Ruth League (16-18) 15
Augusta American Legion Post 205 Baseball 18
Cony High School Girls Soccer 40
St. Augustine and St. Mary's Junior High Baseball 20
Total 223

Extended Activities

  • District 5 Tournaments
  • State Babe Ruth Tournaments
  • New England Babe Ruth Tournament
  • State of Maine American Legion Tournament
  • Major League Try-Outs (Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox,
  • Tampa Bay, Major League Scouting Bureau)
  • Practice (7 days/week)
  • Estimated Spectators for All Activities: 15,000

Kennebec Youth Lacrosse (CARA Youth Memorial Field) Fields (2):

Augusta East Little League and CAYSA Softball games/practice 484
Augusta Recreation Softball league (16 teams) 240
Lacrosse Practice (School and Youth groups) 125
Cony High School Football Practice (Varsity, Jayvee, and Frosh) 100
State House Co-Ed Softball (6 Teams) 90
Total 1039

Extended Activities

  • Regional ASA tournaments (Youth and Adult Teams)
    State of Maine Girls Softball Championship (2000 site, 25 teams)
  • Men's Class D Softball Tournament (2000 site, 50 teams)
  • Estimated Spectators for All Activities: 12,000

Capitol Area Soccer Club (Kennebec Savings Bank, Lipman & Katz and McGee Fields):

50 Teams 1,000
Fall Instructional Program 300
Total 1,300

Extended Activities

  • Regional Tournaments
  • State Tournaments
  • High School Regular Season and Playoffs
  • Practice (7 days a week)
  • Youth Soccer Programs
  • Clinics

Kennebec Valley Horseshoe Pitchers (Hewitt-Brisbee Courts):

90 Shooters, Once Weekly, 24 Weeks 90
3 State Tournaments (70 each) 210
1 New England Tournament (250 Shooters) 250
Total 550

Extended Activities

  • Practice When No League or Tournament Play
  • Instructional
  • Estimated Spectators for All Activities: 4,000

Additionally, area citizens, State of Maine employees, and workers from adjacent businesses walk through and around the entire CARA complex from dawn to dusk daily except when weather conditions limit access. The total estimated informal recreational usage is estimated at 10,000 single and repeat trips.

Youth from the following communities participate on the CARA fields through school involvement, individual organizations, and league/tournament play:

Augusta               Hallowell                Mount Vernon         Somerville
Chelsea                Jefferson                Palermo                     Vassalboro
China                   Manchester            Readfield                  Wayne
Farming dale      Monmouth            Sidney                        Whitefield
Windsor