The City of East Ridge issued a press release Monday morning announcing the recreational play of softball and baseball will be delayed this spring.
The press release cites bad weather, including a lightning strike of a facility under construction, as the predominant factor in the construction delays.
The entire press release follows:
The baseball / softball fields at Camp Jordan have been quiet this year as the City of East Ridge felt it crucial to delay the opening of the park to the public due to the continuing construction stemming from the $2.3 million dollar renovation which is still in progress. Although crews have been working diligently since January to get all the fields ready, city officials believe the active work zones create an unsafe environment to host teams and games at this time.
Bad weather and record rainfall have played a crucial role in hindering the completion of the renovation and new construction of restrooms and concession stands. It is also believed that lightning struck and damaged the Musco sports lighting that services the baseball / softball fields. The outfields need time to dry out in order for heavy equipment to repair some tracks, ruts and low areas that have settled from the installation of new fencing and scoreboard conduit. Crews are focused on finishing new construction to the aforementioned restrooms and concession buildings while the outfields dry out.
While the setbacks are frustrating for everyone eager to play on the newly renovated fields, the City of East Ridge wants to provide the best fields and conditions possible for its community and visitors coming to the ballpark before they open the baseball / softball fields to the public.
“We are working diligently to finish renovations and make the park inviting and safe,” said Adam Wilson, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Until that is accomplished, it would not be wise to open the park. We owe it to the community to make sure everything is done the right way the first time.”
Anyone registered for this year’s spring baseball / softball season at the park will be given a credit for the spring 2020 season since games are being played away from Camp Jordan. The City apologizes for the delay and greatly appreciates the citizens understanding and patience as the work progresses towards Camp Jordan being recognized regionally for having the best facilities for leagues, tournaments, events and outdoor recreational opportunities.