Riverton baseball fields will make way for picnics and barbecues

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  • Scott R riverton, UT
    July 16, 2013 8:46 p.m.

    I took the Scouts to the city offices about 5 years ago. At the time, one of the kids asked why the baseball fields were being moved.

    There is no surprise -- this has been planned for years. UtahSelectbaseball has misrepresented the facts to its members. The league was lucky to have the use of the extra fields during the interim.

    Riverton still has the same number of fields. Why isn't this group protesting the other cities to build more baseball diamonds -- after all, 75% of its members live outside the city boundaries -- why didn't the group protest years ago?

    Riverton's plan to make a passive park is more family friendly -- and I won't have to keep taking my family out of the city enjoy a park.

  • skiscott Riverton, UT
    June 21, 2013 2:22 p.m.

    The move by the city to eliminate these baseball fields makes no sense at all. First of all Riverton already has a fair number of parks. They list over 30 on the city's web page. That includes this facility which also has a fair amount of passive park space in addition to the ball fields. There are pavilions and a playground at this park. Being at this park twice a week I can tell you that there are very few people beyond the families there for baseball that utilize any of the park space. I also think as you drive around the city you will see that there are not large numbers of people using the parks already in existence.
    Also, there is a question of tax payer money. Currently the city receives money from the league which should be going towards paying for maintenance of the facility. A park will generate zero revenue and as such will place all the cost on the taxpayers of Riverton.
    The park is very large and so it seems the space should be able to be utilized for both purposes.

  • sinkme Salt Lake, UT
    June 21, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    Do these Riverton Officials not realize that the "non" Riverton folks most likely spend a fair amount of money in their great town? Regardless of lost revenue, we complain how "kids nowadays" sit in front of the TV too much. Well this should help. How many ball fields are being torn down this year? I know of these and the one in Midvale.

  • CantRemember Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    We travel to Riverton to play on these fields. Living in the Millcreek area, I frankly hate this drive, but we are part of this league so we do it. For Riverton to say that they need to make this a passive park ignores two things: 1) the park presently has a significant amount of passive area that is being used and there is plenty more room for expansion; and 2) we spend money in Riverton when we come to play 2X a week. I'm sure we will find somewhere else to play, but Riverton residents should be asking their elected officials why they want to expand the area that costs more to maintain and why they would want to send tax revenue elsewhere.

  • runnerguy50 Virginia Beach, Va
    June 20, 2013 11:52 p.m.

    Sounds like the town is serving its citizens with a passive park. I hope more towns take notice and do the same. The whole youth sports movement is out of hand. Kids need less time in adult run leagues and more time with family in parks.

    Three cheers for Riverton !!!!!

  • sally Kearns, UT
    June 20, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    When we have our family reunions, we always play baseball. Fortunately we are able to reserve LDS picnic areas that have fields. The city parks with baseball fields are always busy, so we are unable to use them. I would like to have access to at least one baseball field in the city park that could be rented out for groups like ours.