Little League Complex a big hit in first season

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By Patrick Osborne,

The Mustang Little League baseball facility continues its progression toward finishing all minor details.

As the spring baseball season starts winding down, so too will construction and work around Mustang’s newest Little League facility. Mustang Parks and Recreations Director Justin Battles said overall he’s pleased with how things are going.

Starting the season with temporary bathrooms and concession stands is a good recipe for problems, but Battles said that hasn’t been the case with the new park.

“We really appreciate the community’s patience while we are finishing,” he said. “People genuinely seem excited to be out at the park.”

Battles said he expects the park to have its permanent bathrooms and concession area completed in late June or early July, depending on weather conditions, just in time for the fall baseball season.

The first-year park, opened in April, has also been coming along well with the new sod and playing surface, head groundsman Nick Bailey said.

“The fields are in great shape,” Bailey said. “This summer we are looking to treat the sod some more to keep them up and kind of clean things up.”

He also said the park is planning on adding trees around the park to provide more shade for players and parents enjoying the park. Currently there are no real areas of shade in or around the park for parents.

The move to the new park comes after generations of Mustang Little League baseball players playing at the much older and outdated facilities on 59th Street between Mustang Road and Czech Hall located just behind the city’s waste management plant.

The smell from the plant as well as outdated and rundown overused fields plagued the old baseball facility with numerous problems in its last years of use.

The new park is located behind the community center adjacent to the softball and soccer complexes, putting all the Mustang spring and summer sports in the same area.