The following press release was released by the City of McAllen.
Three years after McAllen citizens approved an $11 million bond for the construction of a youth baseball complex, the project is now underway. Delays included a turnover in administration at the start of the project and initial construction bids not in line with the budget.
The $9.117 million complex, which includes a $400,000 grant from TPWD, will feature 12 youth baseball fields on 51.32 acres, as well as:
- Concession/restroom facilities
- Ticket booth
- Maintenance building
- Granite walking trail around the complex with solar lighting
- LED field lighting system
- Three lakes
- Two parking lots: one at main entry and a secondary lot for easy access. Over 400+ parking spaces
- Bike racks
- Picnic tables with shade structures
- Fully landscaped and irrigated area using recycling system to recover stormwater runoff, and use irrigation district water along with effluent reuse system
- Large native plant preserve area
Each field will include bleachers and dugouts; scoreboards and a backstop; perimeter fencing; foul poles; scorer’s table; and canopies. Other infrastructure design elements include looped water distribution system with fire hydrants; wastewater collection system; stormwater management system to include inlets and culverts; fiber optic network with 32 security cameras; wireless network available to the public.
“We are so excited to see the youth baseball complex construction moving forward so that this time next year, we will be able to hear the crack of the bat as youth baseball teams in McAllen have a state-of-the-art facility to live out their home run dreams,” said City of McAllen District I Commissioner Richard Cortez, in whose district the project lies. “We took our time to get the project right, and that is the most important responsibility we have as elected officials: to properly manage taxpayer money. This will add a quality of life to our residents, but also help boost our local economy by being able to host multiple youth baseball tournaments at the complex. McAllen is truly playing ball!”
Another feature that city leaders hope to include in the development of the field is a “Miracle Field” that will be used by children with disabilities. The City of McAllen is working with the Capable Kids Foundation seeking corporate sponsors to add the field, as well as a significant all-inclusive playground within the site.