Featured Photo: An aerial view of Lake Air Baseball Fields, which the city is going to redevelop with consultation services from Lockwood, Andrews & Newman Inc. Image: Google Earth/VBX graphic.
by Art Benavidez
Waco (McLennan County) — City Council hopes to hit a homerun with a $5.5 million redevelopment of their little league facilities–a professional services agreement was approved this week with Austin-based Lockwood, Andrews & Newman Inc.
It’s known as the Challenger + Lake Air Little League Redevelopment Project, and council members noted that it was time that their youth ballparks received an upgrade as their relationship with baseball at the park dates back 70 years.
The project will be funded through mutual assistance by the City of Waco, McLennan County and Waco ISD, partial funding of $3.6 million for the project has been identified through the McLennan County Venue Tax.
An additional $2 million has been identified through the city’s capital improvements program.
The facilities are located on the established Lake Air Little League baseball fields located along 41st Street (New Road), between Trice Avenue and Colcord Avenue, in front of Waco High School.
The athletic facilities were previously expanded in 1990 onto adjacent city property, across Trice Avenue, to include softball and the Challenger Little League.
Parks and Recreation Director Jonathan Cook noted that Little League has remained tremendously popular, “serving generations of Waco families” in documents submitted to the city.
Redevelopment will allow the entire complex to utilize a single site with improved amenities and accessibility.
The design process includes stakeholder meetings with representatives from the Challenger and Lake Air Little Leagues to inform concept development and provide outreach about the process and schedule.
There will also be close participation with the City of Waco Solid Waste Department to explore the operational and public benefits of close proximity with Cobbs Citizen Convenience Center.
The city entered into a $672,500.00 agreement with Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, Inc. because they believed they were highly qualified to address the scope of work associated with the redevelopment, according to city documents.
Their selection was based on the team’s qualifications and experience.
Their services to the city will now consist of design and engineering, bid phase services and construction administration services.
VBX Project ID: 2021-0802