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Construction on sports complex progresses

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By PETER SAWYER

 

 

Much has happened to the field at East LaFollette since the LaFollette City Council approved $64,000 for improvements on March 7.

At that meeting, the council approved spending $64,000 to remodel the field at East LaFollette. The new sports complex will serve Dixie Youth Baseball, Volunteer Football Conference and the Campbell County Youth Soccer League.

Since then, much work has been done to the concessions building. Not only has a new roof been added, but also a women’s restroom. The original restroom, the men’s room, has also been upgraded. While the building is mostly complete, a few finishing touches remain, recreation department head Johnny Byrge said.

An old section of bleachers was removed, and new ones will be installed that seat around 150 people. Byrge hasn’t yet decided what will be done with the other section of old bleachers, but there are portable bleachers that can be used on that section of the field.

Grade work has been done to the baseball field so it will drain better.

Grade A Fence removed the old fencing and will begin installing a new fence. The roofs have been removed from the dugouts, and new ones will be added.

Comer Concrete has installed steps that lead from Elm Street to the sports complex.

Parking will be made available across Elm Street next to the East LaFollette building. A fence currently blocks the street from the intended parking area, but this will be removed, Byrge said. On days that football games are scheduled, Elm Street will be closed off, Byrge said.

While Byrge estimates the sports complex will be complete in four to six weeks, he hopes to use the baseball field before that.

“We’re gonna try to play baseball in the middle of May,” Byrge said.

Weather has caused some delays.

“We’re probably about a week behind because of weather,” Vice President for Campbell County Baseball and Softball Brian Miracle said.