SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB
DATE: October 17, 2007
CONTACT: Steve Schmidt, 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108
A FUTURE ALL-STAR: NEW LAKESIDE BASEBALL PARK UNDER CONSTRUCTION
LAKESIDE – Like pros fielding routine grounders, the ceremonial shovels hit the dirt this afternoon at the site of the future Lakeside Baseball Park. County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, the County Department of Parks and Recreation and officials from the Lakeside National Little League joined eager young baseball players to begin construction of the multi-million dollar baseball park.
“Lakeside’s young people need and deserve this park. That’s why we’re turning this dirt into diamonds— four diamonds to be exact, each one with state-of-the-art synthetic turf,” said a smiling Supervisor Jacob who proposed the concept of the baseball park to her colleagues in 2002. “The County and the community have paid endless attention to detail. This park is going be a true gem,” Jacob said.
Next to the San Diego River at the corner of Mast Boulevard and the future Marathon Parkway in Lakeside, the baseball park will be built on ten acres of County-owned property and will feature two batting cages, a playground, concession stand and restrooms. Park supporters hope the new facility will give young Lakeside sluggers a leg up on national competitions, as well as attract larger tournaments to East County.
Team members from the Lakeside National Little League contributed to the park’s design by providing recommendations for amenities.
“This park was designed for young people, by young people, and that’s just cool,” said Troy Kuenne, president of the Lakeside National Little League which will manage and operate the baseball park once it’s completed. “We’ve got about 300 players in the league right now, and I’m hoping this new park will attract even more. It will ensure that future generations share the positive experience of Little League,” Kuenne said.
Construction is expected to cost $8.5 million, and does not include the purchase of the land.