GALVESTON, TX – Jan. 16, 2019 – Galveston children will soon have state-of-the-art baseball fields to start their spring season!
The Crockett Park baseball fields are on track to be completed in time for the spring season tryouts. The baseball fields and restrooms are expected to be completed by the first week of February when tryouts begin. The park will be completely finished – including the playground and landscaping – by early March. In addition, the project is on budget.
“This is a first-class park and it will be a source of fun and fond memories for generations of Galvestonians,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said.
Crockett Park has three baseball fields, basketball and volleyball courts, concession stands, a walking trail, a playground, batting cages and beautiful landscaping. The fields will be home for at least one of the island’s Little League teams and utilized by other traveling teams.
The park was originally scheduled for completion last summer, but the original contractor failed to complete the park on time and the workmanship was poor. The contractor also had not paid its bills to subcontractors and vendors on the project. The City refused to settle for less than our residents deserve. The City had no choice but to terminate its relationship with the original contractor, and hire a new contractor to complete the remaining work so that the park can open for the spring little league season.
The new contractor, Ardent Construction, LLC, has already corrected most of the problems with the earlier construction. Those issues will all be corrected before the park is completed. Despite the changes, the park will remain on budget. This is possible because the City worked with the design team and the new construction team to get the most out of the available dollars and maintain the high quality of the complex.
During the gap between the previous and current contractor, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department maintained the landscaping. This saved work that had already been completed – and ultimately saved time and money. The City is thrilled to see the beautiful ballparks nearly completed and cannot wait to welcome our first spring season!