The resolution to be introduced Monday night authorizes the city manager — who served on the planning team — to begin the process of project design and description for the renovation. It declares the intent and commitment of the city to making improvements to the park upon successfully identifying funding “through direct revenue and/or sponsorship funding.”
Byrge estimates indicate upgrades “will conservatively cost” between $100,000-$250,000. She further indicated the entire project would be funded through sponsorship, grants and fundraiser activities by sports organizations.
The proposal developed so far suggests the field be built as a “premier” baseball field designed to Little League specifications — fully fenced, with enclosed dugouts, press box, scoreboard, netting, lights and batting cage.
“It would be a fully enclosed dugout to keep the kids out of the weather,” she said. “It would also be fully fenced in front to protect kids from fly balls.”
Byrge said if the city were to update three fields as such, the city would become eligible to host Little League Baseball State tournaments. Shaw said he believes the city could see an economic boom that “could easily exceed $510,000” per weekend tournament, a stat he attributed to conversations with persons in other communities.
Byrge addressed concerns that expansion or renovation of baseball facilities could hinder the ability for other sports to use the land, too. She indicated the use of a strategic plan could assist the city in developing guidance on how to best utilize space across the city’s parks. Council will potentially meet during the next work session with a consultant whose services, if purchased by the city, would include development of such a strategic plan.
Monday’s council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road.