The city's softball players can look forward to a new softball complex by 1990.
The City Council voted Tuesday to exchange three acres of city property in the northwest area of Bicentennial Park for approximately seven acres owned by the Provo School District at 1150 S. 11th West, known as Footprinters Park.The exchange came as part of an agreement between the city and school district to develop park and school sites together. Through joint use, costs are reduced for both entities.
"This is a tremendous concept," Councilman Ron Last said. "We get double use of all property. Both (groups) will have a beautiful field to use."
The city and school district have cooperated for 20 years, so almost every park in the city is adjacent to a school, Last said.
"This is two-for-one bucks for the money," he said. "I'm delighted to see it carry on."
The school district plans to use the land at Bicentennial Park for building an elementary school. The district also plans to build a middle school adjacent to the four-diamond softball complex, but Superintendent Jim Bergera said those schools won't be built for at least 10 years.
The city originally planned to build the softball complex on 10 acres at 2550 W. Second South, but school officials felt the diamonds would be better utilized if built near a middle school.
The Provo Board of Education toured the areas Aug. 31.
"Those people that live in the area are basically supportive of it," Mayor Joe Jenkins said. "There shouldn't be any impact down there on the neighborhood. I think it's a great location."
The softball complex will consist of four lighted ball diamonds and parking adjacent to them. The bleachers area and a concessions stand will be in the center of the diamonds.
LeRoy Dennis, city parks and recreation director, said the facility will cost at least $560,000, but the city will look for money from several sources.
One would be $260,000 earlier set aside for development at the Edgemont Lions Park at 48th North, just west of University Avenue.
Jenkins said The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints agreed to build a softball complex in the 48th North park when the church bought part of the property from the city. The city is working with the church to acquire funds and a means for building the complex in the Footprinters Park area.