Park director proposes adding batting cages at skate park

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 1/11/18

CORDOVA — The Cordova City Council discussed turning a portion of the city’s skate park into batting cages at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Park director proposes adding batting cages at skate park


CORDOVA — The Cordova City Council discussed turning a portion of the city’s skate park into batting cages at Tuesday’s meeting.

The plan was proposed by the city’s Park and Recreation director, Daniel Headrick.

He said the site was ideal because it has a hard surface and is surrounded by a chain link fence.

Another chain link fence would be added to separate the skate park from the new batting cages.

“We would really like to be able to lock that facility when it’s not in use. Those nets are expensive, and if someone was to get in there and do what people do sometimes, that would be bad for us,” Headrick said.

A metal roof would also be added to the cage to give parents an area to gather when it rains.

Headrick said he is planning a fundraiser, possible raffling off a rifle, to cover the cost of any materials that are not donated to construct the upgraded batting facility.

The plan received mixed reviews from council members.

“Is there any usage at the skate park? If it’s not being utilized, why not get that stuff out of there and use it strictly for batting cages?” council member Ed Earp asked.

Mayor Drew Gilbert noted that the facility is used because it is the only skate park within a 65-70 mile radius.

“They’re coming from Natural Bridge and areas like that. Even if it’s sparse, they’re coming in the summer, and I want to have some opportunity for them,” Gilbert said, adding that an improved skate park is included in the master plan for the old Indian Head Mill site.

Council member Larry Sides also spoke up for skaters.

“I’m opposed to taking away from the skate park. We’re eliminating a group of kids who might choose not to play baseball, but they like the skate park. I’ve talked to them, and they do come from all around,” Sides said.

Headrick said the only change to the skate park would be the removal of a bench.

“The skating stuff that they use wouldn’t be affected at all. There’s a lot of area in there right now that isn’t being used. It’s wasted space,” Headrick said.

He also noted that the batting cages would be used by approximately 190 ballplayers during baseball season.

“Versus 10 or 12 a week for the skaters. It just makes sense to me to use it for something that a lot of kids will use,” Headrick said.

Headrick also laid out the need to upgrade the restroom facilities at the Old Park.

Currently, the park has only one toilet for men and one for women. Headrick said he rented a port-a-potty during baseball season last year and anticipates doing so again.

“They (the restrooms) are dilapidated. They’re in pretty bad shape. So if anybody has ideas or can donate time or material to work on that, it would be very helpful to the park and rec,” Headrick said.

Headrick also expressed interest in hosting a three-on-three basketball tournament at the city’s new court at the Old Park in March.

“I think that would be good for the whole community to do that,” he said.

Tuesday marked Headrick’s first report to the council. Gilbert informed council members that he has asked Headrick to give a monthly updates on the park’s activities since he is no longer working alongside a park board.

The park board established by the council in 2016 has now disbanded after meetings were consistently canceled last year due to lack of a quorum.