Field Maintenance Project
|Project||Convert Linda Anderson to a Baseball 4-plex
Convert one 4-plex at Hohlt Park to all Softball
|Cost Contribution||BCDC funded ~$302,000 towards the project.|
|Effect||Improve overall look and use of the fields.
Allow larger Tournaments to be hosted in town.
Update May 02, 2013:
The City of Brenham is pleased to announce that 2 major park improvements are nearing completion. We have completed the Hohlt park field conversions-2 fields have been successfully converted from baseball to softball. With this change, there is now a complete 4-plex of softball fields for leagues and tournaments to enjoy all at one location. Linda Anderson improvements are 95% complete. Cooper and Matthies fields were converted from softball to baseball-both of which can accommodate 70’ and 80’ bases. Schroeder and Dallmeyer were repositioned to accommodate 60’, 65’, and 70’ bases. The fences were moved in on Dallmeyer to match Schroeder field.
Original plans/budgeting were to complete this project in 2 separate years. Field conversions, scoreboards, batting cages, were going to be done the first year, and parking lot improvements, concession stand improvements, and shade structures were going to be completed in 2014. Staff decided, with the approval from BCDC who funded the project, to go ahead and make all of the changes that we could this year. Currently, shade covers that will shade the bleachers have been ordered. They should be in place by mid-June. The slab the maintenance building has been poured, and construction of the metallic building will begin soon.
Work at Linda Anderson included:
- Installed irrigation on Matthies and Cooper Fields
- Installed pipe and netting above backstops for added protection from foul balls
- Installed 15 posts for batting cage frame
- Completed 3600 sq. ft. slab for batting cages
- 18,000 sq. ft. of Tif-419 sod laid on Matthies and Cooper Fields
- New fences on Schroeder and Dallmeyer Fields
- Assembled new bleachers for all four fields
- Installed used astro-turf in batting cages, and installed nets
- New gates on the dugouts (did not have any before)
- 15,000 sq. ft. of Tif-419 sod on Schroeder and Dallmeyer Fields
- Electrical outlets placed at all fields for P.A. system/pitching machine use
- New bullpens added to each field
- Installed 4 new wireless scoreboards
- New concession stand roof, exterior siding, and new paint
- Chip sealed parking lot for a very smooth finish
- New dugout benches for the players
- New lighting around batting cages
During conversion pictures:
Our plans are to improve the overall look of the complex over a two year period. In order to have it ready for the 2013 season we will sod grass on the infields, add additional netting and backstop and move the fences in on Dallmeyer Field to make it equivalent to Schroeder Field. We have also added multiple batting cages to the park.
Other amenities as funding allows at this complex will be new scoreboards, concrete improvements, concession/storage room improvements, parking lot enhancements, shade covers and additional bleachers. We feel that this complex still has a lot to offer and with a little work we can make this a true baseball 4-plex. The improvements outlined at Linda Anderson represent a major upgrade to that Park.
At Hohlt Park we will begin to remove the sod off of Clayton and Stark Fields and turn these fields into softball fields. This will allow that 4-plex to become strictly softball with four fields the exact same size. This will also allow softball to host large tournaments at one complex. By making these changes over a two ear period we will have a true softball complex beginning in the Spring of 2014 with Hohlt Park and a baseball 4-plex with Linda Anderson.
Hohlt Park is not only the newest addition to our Parks System, but also the largest covering 85 acres. Hohlt Park is ideal for a scenic stroll or a refreshing jog around our trail, approximately one mile long. Hohlt Park offers:
- 9 holes of disc golf
- 3 sand volleyball courts
- 8 baseball/softball fields
- 11 soccer fields
- Dr. Bobbie M. Dietrich Memorial Amphitheater
- All Sports Building
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