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Spokane will be bursting with new turf for youth

Thu., April 7, 2011

A construction fence surrounds the new baseball fields at Underhill Park on Tuesday. (Christopher Anderson)
A construction fence surrounds the new baseball fields at Underhill Park on Tuesday. (Christopher Anderson)

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department has finished constructing and refurbishing nine youth baseball fields across town.

As part of the 2007 Parks Improvement Bond, $3 million was designated to convert nine general use softball and baseball fields to youth baseball fields.

The fields are located in each of the three city council districts: two in Underhill Park, one at Liberty Park, three at Chief Garry Park, two at B.A. Clark Park and one at the new Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. But eager players have to hold their bats for just a short time longer.

The Parks Department’s Craig Butz said the fields will be offline until the turf is well established.

For now, youth baseball has access to the Dwight Merkel Complex and to Franklin Park.

“We believe strongly in helping our kids be active and healthy,” wrote Leroy Eadie, Spokane Parks and Recreation Department Director, in a statement announcing the fields.

The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is now managing and scheduling Franklin Park softball and Southeast Sports Complex as well as all other softball and baseball fields owned by the parks department and located within the city limits.



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