SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - Volunteers, coaches, city council and the mayor are collaborating on the plans, budget and blueprint for the renovations of the Veterans ball park fields.
"We are in the process of finalizing a presentation to the council within the next three weeks of the details so that the design can be completed and then the project put out for bid," says Jim Olyniec, a volunteer for the project management of capital projects.
They are working on revitalizing a total of four fields. This includes new fencing, concession stand, playground, pavilion, and all of the dirt and field work. They are hoping to break ground the beginning of next year.
City officials are hoping that the renovation of the ball fields will not only increase recreation but also provide a better quality of life for Scottsboro citizens. "The priority is our recreations department. The boys and girls who participate in our recreational baseball teams," says Mayor Melton Potter.
This could also mean more state tournaments hosted in Scottsboro. State tournaments have a huge impact on the city's economy. "The economic impact is very large, especially in the younger age groups. The grandparents, the parents, the aunts and uncles all want to come see them play. And so when they are here for several days that adds to our tax base through our hotels and through our restaurants," says the mayor.
They are hoping to have the project completed by the upcoming season, if not the following year.