Baseball project in final innings
By Traci Chapman
Mustang’s $1.52 million baseball complex is in its final stretch, as several projects wind down.
Emmons Construction was awarded a $135,960 contract on restrooms and concessions. Justin Battles, Mustang assistant city manager, said Tuesday work was moving forward, although recent frequent rains had slowed the project.
“The dirt pads have been built up and the footings have been dug out,” Battles said. “As soon as it dries up they will pour the fittings, then the slab.
“Once the slab is up any rain shouldn’t affect the erection of the building,” he said.
The total project was expected to wrap up within the next few months, depending on weather, Battles said.
Work would also move forward on new LED signs for the fields. Last week, Battles told Mustang City Council about a plan to purchase two LED scoreboards. The move was possible – without a budget increase – because the $71,400 baseball park bleacher estimate actually came in at a price of $42,260. Council agreed to use $17,950 remaining from the bleachers to purchase the scoreboards.
“Two local businesses also provided funds for two more of the scoreboards,” Battles said.
Crews with Silver Star Construction, working with Canadian County employees, already finished new parking lots, which were “desperately needed” as use of the fields increased – as did traffic surrounding Mustang Aquatic Center. Fencing was finished in March, they said.
The baseball complex is the final component of a three-prong improvement package of Mustang Town Center. Voters in March 2012 approved a $3.6 million bond issue, which also added space to Mustang Public Library and the banquet hall, as well as provided funds for new paint and carpet of existing areas.