THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
The Rotary Club of Crowley welcomed Recreation Department Director Peter Kirsch, left, to update them on the improvements at the athletic complex. Welcoming Kirsch to the meeting is Rotary Club President Michael Doughty.
Rotarians hear progress report
Recreation Director Peter Kirsch recently updated the Rotary Club of Crowley on the status of the current turfing of the fields project.
About a year ago, Kirsch visited the club to pitch the idea of turfing of all nine baseball/softball fields at the Crowley complex.
Over the past year, the city has moved forward with the plans for the multimillion dollar upgrade of the sports facility.
Currently, the fields are being graded, drainwork is being installed and the turf has been delivered, Kirsch said.
In total the Crowley Recreation Department will have put down about 500,000 feet of turf among the nine fields.
The baseball facility is expected to begin operations early this spring with teams booked starting in March.
The turfing company is trying to get the job done as soon as possible, however, weather has caused a slight delay in progress, Kirsch explained.
The fields are expected to bring great economic growth to the community. But, Kirsch reminded the Rotarians that the focus of the Crowley Recreation Department is still the kids of the community and the fields will still be available for them.
“Turfing these fields is a great thing for children of the community,” he explained. “The recreational baseball teams play ball on the weekdays and the tournaments for travel ball teams will be scheduled for weekends.”
The fields also will be available to the area schools as a priority since a number of local high school games are scheduled to play at Miller Stadium.
Economically speaking, the upgrades at the complex are expected to generate additional tax revenue for the city.
With the recently demolished fields in Lake Charles due to hurricanes, the city expects to have additional teams use the park this coming year until those facilities are restored.
Kirsch told that the upgrades “have created quite a buzz in the community” and a number of local businesses have contacted his department to begin sponsoring athletics again after a long absence of local sponsorships.