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Baseball field tentatively chosen as site for skate park

September 19, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — City officials tentatively chose a site for the city skate park project — the baseball field west of the Lions Center.

During the City Council meeting Tuesday night, city Parks and Recreation Director Karin Morgan asked the council for direction from two options for the park — the baseball field next to the Lions Center and Meserve Park.

The baseball field next to the Lions Center belongs to the Brawley Union High School District.

Morgan recommended the baseball field be swapped with a park site in Parkside Estates near the corners of Imperial Avenue and Flammang Avenue in the northern part of the city.

She said she had talked to BUHSD officials and they seem willing to negotiate regarding the idea.

The Parkside Estates facility is a joint-use park belonging to the city of Brawley and the Brawley Elementary School District.

If the BESD agrees, Morgan said she would like to have a baseball field built for the high school there.


The baseball field would cost about $20,000, with the city providing half the funding and the rest of the money coming from the high school district.

If the elementary school and high school boards agree, the skate park would be built at the baseball field west of the Lions Center.

Morgan told the council she met with BESD officials and they are willing to negotiate regarding the construction of the new baseball field.

The resolution passed also states if no such negotiations are fruitful, the skate park will be built at the second proposed site, Meserve Park.

Morgan answered a question from City Councilwoman Toni Carrillo regarding what hours the skate park would be open.

Morgan said the city does not have enough money to purchase lighting for the skate park so it is intended to be open from dawn to dusk.

"I think it's time we get this thing moving," said Carrillo.

She said this skate park issue has been lingering for two to three years and she would like to see it move forward.

Mayor Wayne Johnson asked if that was a motion, which Carrillo confirmed.

Councilman Steve Vasquez seconded the motion after he said he agreed with Carrillo's statements.

"We've been kicking it around for the last few years and I think it's time," said Vasquez.

He said he would like to see the skate park built next to the Lions Center.

Morgan added she hopes the skate park will be built before the year is over.

The Parks and Recreation Department has $391,000 allocated for the skate park project.

In other action the council approved the second hearing of an ordinance that would place stop signs at various intersections in the city.

The locations are North Eastern Avenue at River Drive, E Street at Fifth Street and North Imperial Avenue at North Plaza.

The ordinance will become effective 30 days after adoption.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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