Number of improvements, projects planned for North Park in Kirksville

Wednesday night, those in Kirksville had a chance to learn more about projects planned for North Park. (KTVO File)

A number of improvements are coming to one northeast Missouri ball park.

Wednesday night, those in Kirksville had a chance to learn more about projects planned for North Park.

A community meeting took place at the Economic Development Alliance Building.

According to Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department staffers, new dugout benches will be installed at most of the ball fields.

In addition, outfield safety fence capping is currently being installed on five fields.

The new backstop on the Green Field will be replaced this fall, and once high school softball season ends, the addition of infield material and leveling will be completed at the Orange Field.

The city has also partnered with some competitive baseball and softball team coaches to replace the press box roof at the Doc Gardner Field.

The roof on the picnic shelter is also expected to be replaced.

Finally, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Project at North Park is moving forward as the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reviewing bids received for concrete additions and the installation of a new bathroom facility.

Upon approval from the DNR, work on the project will begin late fall, and will be complete before the start of the 2019 youth baseball and softball seasons.

Kirksville Parks and Recreation Director Rodney Sadler told KTVO that he is excited for the current improvements and new projects set to take place.

"North Park actually takes up half of our total park land for our city, so it's important that we do invest the funds in North Park and we know that it does drive some economic activity in our community with tournaments and baseball and youth softball programs."

Sadler adds that other improvements set to take place at the park include a new concession stand and walking trail.

North Park currently boasts two lighted 300 foot softball fields, a lighted regulation baseball field, two 300 foot softball fields, a 270 foot softball field and two pee wee fields.

In addition, the Kirksville skate park was completed in 2009.

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