The Augusta City Council made a slight alteration to the Park Board’s recommendation Monday night that will result in major improvements at the Garvin Park baseball fields for this season and beyond.
The Parks Board had recommended replacing the fences at two of the four baseball fields and sharing the cost on a third field with Augusta Little League Baseball.
The plan also included replacing the Moyle Softball Field fence and adding a cover for the new bleachers there.
But the council decided to finish the Garvin Park project this year and save the fence and bleacher cover project at Moyle Field for next year.
“This allows us to finish an entire park each year,” said Ward Four Councilor Matt Malone. The council is still hoping to match funds with the Little League group in order to finish dugouts and other related projects at the park.
City Manager Josh Shaw said after meeting with Wichita Fence, the company will be able to finish Fields No. 1 and 2 before May 1. Fields No. 3 and 4 will be completed after the season so play is not affected. Each new fence will cost between $7,500 and $10,000 depending on the size of the field.
The fencing to be used is a commercial grade chain link to replace the residential grade that was used years ago.
The new fencing is the second major project in the park this year. Aging wooden bleachers were replaced with 8 sets of new aluminum low-rise bleachers on new concrete pads.
The old bleacher frames will be given to the Augusta Youth Soccer Association who is expected to replace some of the wood and hardware and use the seating at their fields behind Augusta Middle School.