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Progress being made on Riverview Park playing fields

Posted: January 11, 2012 - 1:31am  |  Updated: January 11, 2012 - 2:36am
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Above, construction continues on a new scoreboard at Riverview Park in North Augusta. At left, Bobby Gartman (left) and Steve Jones work on structures at a new ball field.  JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
JACKIE RICCIARDI/STAFF
Above, construction continues on a new scoreboard at Riverview Park in North Augusta. At left, Bobby Gartman (left) and Steve Jones work on structures at a new ball field.

 

The fields at Riverview Park are almost ready for the North Augusta High Yellow Jackets’ softball and baseball teams, which begin their seasons Jan. 30.

The softball team will start out the season on a brand new 225-foot field that recently was constructed as part of the $4.5 million project by R.D. Brown Contractors that began in September. The field is located where a playground once stood and the new playground will be located nearby.

Funds from the Yellow Jacket Club also were used for new dugouts with storage for softball, and a new scoreboard for both softball and baseball. The baseball team’s infield also was renovated.

Work has begun on all three new scoring towers in the park. Construction on Tower 2, located by the high school ball fields, is near completion. Tower 1 has its foundation in place and is in the process of getting electrical and plumbing rough-ins installed, according to Rick Meyer, the interim director of North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services. Foundation work has been started on Tower 3.

“The scoring towers will not be functional during most of the upcoming spring season,” Meyer said. “It’s going to be somewhat of a challenge this spring baseball and softball season.”

Portable concessions and restrooms will be necessary for the 2012 season, he said.

With the recent wave of warmer weather, paving projects are being worked on this week earlier than expected. The traffic circle and lower level parking in front of the activities center were paved this past weekend.

If weather permits, the entrance at Buena Vista Avenue will soon be paved. The next project is the back of the park and the Fairfield entrance will remain closed until April. Sodding is expected to begin in the next couple weeks in the traffic circle.

The project is expected to be finished mid-May.

“Each week brings a new level of excitement to our staff and the people of our community who frequent the park as we see the progress taking place,” Meyer said.

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