Havasu may scrap baseball field plan

January 29, 2019

In London, the Crown Jewels of England rest in a room overlooking the city’s Tower Bridge. On another continent, the Home of the London Bridge will invest a fortune into some diamonds of its own.

Lake Havasu City staff members are mulling their options in the care of Havasu’s ballfields this year. The city has budgeted about $2.75 million toward a new ballfield at SARA Park, according to City Manager Jess Knudson, but such a sum would cover little more than the earthwork needed to construct such a ballfield at the location. Now an alternative is being considered in the potential renovation of the Island ballfield.

A new ballfield at SARA Park could cost as much as $5 million, Knudson said, and city staff are seeking an estimated cost to instead renovate the Island ballfield as they seek an alternative use for allocated funding. The renovated location would be used for local and regional games, as well as tournaments, according to Knudson. While city staff have made no proposals for the project as of yet, they are working to identify costs in advance of the city’s FY 2019-20 budget.

“We’re doing our due diligence ahead of the upcoming budget work sessions to ensure anticipated costs don’t exceed budgets,” Knudson said. “The ballfield on the Island is in need of maintenance. Regardless of any other projects, the city needs to bring it up to a standard where our youth can enjoy the space and it can be used for tournament play.”

Potential renovations to Havasu’s ballfields will be introduced to the Lake Havasu City Council later this year as city officials plan next year’s budget.

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