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Restrooms, concessions coming to Loving Field

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

Pulaski County Board of Supervisors voted Monday night to authorize $95,000 worth of improvements at Loving Field.

The improvements, to be funded out of the current 2012-13 fiscal year budget, will include a new building containing restrooms, concession facilities and a picnic area, along with walking trails and better handicap accessibility to the ball fields.

The new building is estimated to cost $75,000 and the trails and handicap accessibility, $20,000. Staff said work on the improvements is expected to begin immediately.

County Administrator Peter Huber said the current restroom facilities have not been operational for years. Also, Pulaski County Recreation Director Anthony Akers said the new facility is more easily accessible from all fields because it will be located between the upper and lower complexes.

In response to the board’s unanimous vote, Robinson District Supervisor Charles Bopp said, “One thing about Loving Field, I think once it gets back running it’s going to be a great spin-off to Randolph Park.”

He added, “I know at one time that was a booming ball field, with all kinds of tournaments.” Loving Field is located in Robinson District.

Town of Pulaski owned the Loving Field recreational facilities until the county purchased them about four years ago. The town retained ownership of about 100 acres of adjoining property.

Realizing the county could not afford to fund all of the $215,000 in proposed improvements in one budget, the board asked county staff to prioritize the list so it could address the most pressing needs first.

Bopp agreed with the priorities selected by staff, saying the county can add other improvements in the future.

Since the board’s vote was made during a work session to discuss 2013-14 budget issues, Massie District Supervisor Andy McCready stressed that the improvements will be funded out of the current 2012-13 budget, not the proposed budget.

5 Responses to Restrooms, concessions coming to Loving Field

  1. Chasity Marshall

    April 28, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I am curious if the work is suppose to start immediately how come the field and the restrooms have not been started. It is sad to take my 6 year old there for t-ball and the port a potty is disgusting and the field near the concession stand is in horrible shape there is clumps of dandelions growing everywhere on the field. She has to practice on that field. There is no reason these fields should not be as nice as the fields at Randolph park.I have not seen no new construction started and here it is the end of April and the restrooms and field is still the same shape as last year!

  2. Lou

    April 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

    umm..because the vote just took place.

  3. Beth

    April 30, 2013 at 11:46 am

    It will be great if the improvements are made and the fields bought up to standards. I remember it being a busy recreation area. I went to a circus there one time as a child. Lots of soccer games and baseball games. Routine maintenance and keeping it clean will make it functional for teams to want to use.

  4. Va Girl

    April 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I’m glad to see this improvement will be coming. Pulaski needs to invest more in its youth and this is a good start.

  5. John

    April 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    It is great to see they have $95000 and I love baseball but at this point in our county they need to be putting every penny towards building new schools for the ones that are falling apart! I would rather know my child has a well built school to attend without cracks running up all the walls than having a better baseball field.