The council took its own advice about doing business in city as they awarded the contract to install the poles and lights at Brent Mayne Field to …
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The council took its own advice about doing business in city as
they awarded the contract to install the poles and lights at Brent
Mayne Field to Englewood’s Duro Electric.
The council voted 6-1 on Dec. 7 to award the contract for more
than $291,000 so the local firm can complete the plans for the
baseball and softball complex located at the east end of Centennial
None of the money comes from the city’s general fund. The
proposal calls for using a $167,000 Arapahoe County Open Space
Grant along with money from the city from the funds Arapahoe County
returns to municipalities that represent the community’s portion of
the open space taxes. Jerrell Black, parks and recreation director,
told the council the share-back funds, the money the city receives
from the county open space taxes, are required to be used only for
While six members of the council agreed with the proposal,
Councilmember Rick Gillit opposed it and voted against it because
the city is experiencing tough economic times.
“I believe that growth should pay for growth,” he said. “I would
love to see the park lighted but the budget is tight and I just am
not confident this is the right time to do this.”
The resolution passed by a 6-1 vote and plans are to have the
lights in place and working by spring.
Englewood took steps in 1999 to annex the land between the old
Centennial Park border and the South Platte River. Plans for the
expansion included creating a small athletic field, a baseball
diamond, a softball field, a bike path trail head, boat ramps on
the river and parking for users.
The next year, Englewood and All Souls School joined forces and
working through the Field of Dreams project, received money from
then Colorado Rockies catcher Brent Mayne for the expansion and
creation of the two ball fields.
“The original plan in 2001 was to light the field but there
wasn’t sufficient funds for that part of the project,” Black told
the council at the Dec. 7 meeting. “However, we did have the funds
to do the wiring and install the bases for all the light
Mayne was on hand for the groundbreaking in April 2001. The
project was completed and the fields dedicated in October of that
Englewood High School used the baseball diamond for the annual
Pirate-Sheridan baseball game and the Pirate girls softball team
plays home game on the adjacent softball field. Additionally, the
All-Souls teams play all their home games at the fields.
Additionally, the city rents the fields to several adult baseball
leagues. Black said rental use probably will increase dramatically
next year when the fields are lighted.
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