Committee members offered some additional feedback about the orientation of the planned pre-fab building, but most of the discussion centered around the cost and, specifically, how to bring it in line with plan to leave $1.5 million in a building endowment.
The administration is assuring residents that the decision to consolidate sports programming at the two athletic complexes in no way means the parks themselves will disappear.
Usage of the neighborhood ballparks has dropped considerably over the past decade or so, which has the Parks & Recreation Department looking to scale back in those parks and focus on the well-used complexes at Noel Field and Alcombright Athletic Complex.
Corey Bishop, co-owner of Bishop West Real Estate, said after Atlantis Equipment donated and installed a backdrop fence on the softball field, he thought there was more to be done.
"They bought the backdrop and I was standing out there while they were installing it," Bishop said. "I looked around and we had lights and a lit scoreboard but our buildings were deplorable. It was embarrassing."