As teams began gathering on the diamonds for softball games, there was a brief dedication Aug. 29 celebrating the completion of the makeover of the three South Suburban Parks and Recreation Department ball fields on the north portion of Cornerstone Park.
The major project included renovating the ball fields, building new dugouts, installing new scoreboards, constructing a new shelter with picnic tables and building a new baseball-themed playground.
The project cost $893,000. South Suburban received a $250,000 grant from the Arapahoe County Open Space Fund, a $200,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado and a $3,500 donation from Arapahoe Youth Sports. The remainder was South Suburban funds.
John Ostermiller, South Suburban board president, presided over the dedication. He said the project has been on the drawing board for several years and, in 2011, the district began applying for grants.
“We feel this is a major asset to the community,” he said during the dedication. “More than 4,500 individuals on about 400 adult softball teams use the field each year, and the hundreds of parents and children on Arapahoe Youth League teams play here during the weeks and weekends.”
Danny Nourse, vice president of Arapahoe Youth League baseball, agreed the fields had undergone a major makeover.
“This is a well-planned project that included the fields and amenities like the shelter and playground for those who come to watch the games,” he said. “This is a great facility and we hope we can bring some of our tournaments to this location.”