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Baseball teamwork: Districts and league are on the same Page when it comes to solving parking problem

September 20, 2018

DIXON – The park district is partnering with other organizations to build a new lot to alleviate longtime parking issues at the baseball diamonds in Page Park.

The playground near the diamonds has been taken down to make way for a new 38-space parking lot. It will be relocated on the other side of the complex in the spring.

The project is a collaboration with the Park District, the Dixon School District and Al Morrison Memorial Baseball. The city is lending the district equipment to use for the work.

Al Morrison donated $9,000, the school district chipped in $5,000, and the park district will pick up the rest of the cost, which is estimated to be around $9,000 or $10,000, district executive director Duane Long said Thursday.

“I think parking has been an ongoing struggle for 20 years,” Long said. “When we get this solved, it will be a huge success.”

Most of the work will be done in-house for the blacktop parking lot, and work should be completed sometime this year.

The district started prohibiting parking along the west side of Page Drive near the fields a couple years ago because of erosion along the bank of Plum Creek.

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