Archive for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New diamonds should provide more options for busy summer

February 20, 2008

Soon Tonganoxie baseball teams will be getting three new homes at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

On Jan. 28, the Tonganoxie City Council unanimously voted to annex five acres of land at the fairgrounds, just north of the current ball fields, to expand the number of available baseball fields for the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission.

Gayle Parker, director of the rec commission, said the current ball fields were already used heavily and new fields would give them some more wiggle room.

"We are pretty packed particularly in the spring when we start games," Parker said.

The $40,000 land purchase and annexation will allow the rec commission to build two small fields and one adult size field.

David Todd was happy to work with the city and with the rec commission.

"They just needed that ground to grow," Todd said.

To get across to the proposed north fields, the city has contracted with Meadows Construction to build a crossing across the ditch separating the land. The crossing will let players get to the fields from the parking lot, but David Todd, president of the Leavenworth County Fairboard, said it will also let lawn mowers across to take care of the grounds.

Parker was glad that the city was able to provide these needed facilities for the residents of Tonganoxie.

Phil Loomis, the Tonganoxie High School Baseball Coach was excited about the new fields.

"The fields would be great to have more options like hosting regional tournaments and such," he said.

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