Batting Facility, Splash Pad Planned For Beatrice Parks

BEATRICE – Beatrice residents could see the start of two new additions to the city’s park system, this year.

Plans are to construct an indoor batting facility at Hannibal Park in the east part of the city.  Recently, elected officials approved architectural services for the project.

City of Beatrice Public Properties Director Mark Pethoud says the hope is to have the facility ready for use, by late summer.

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The idea for the facility got started with discussions between baseball and softball associations, players and their parents.   Some of those private sources have pledged financial support, and grant funding is another option to supplement city support.

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Plans are to build the 50-by-125-foot facility in the southwest part of Hannibal Park.  It would include three hitting cages and a pitching area, which could be used during the colder months, but also during baseball and softball seasons in the summer.  This past year, Hannibal Park saw its’ initial use of some newly constructed baseball and softball diamonds.

Another recreation project not far from Hannibal Park focuses on Astro Park, next to the city’s northeast water tower.  The City will be working with a local service organization on a project to add a splash pad.

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Pethoud says a 30-by-30-foot splash area is estimated to cost about $80,000…perhaps more with other amenities.  The local Sertoma Club came up with the idea for Astro Park in the late 1970s.  Playground equipment located there has periodically been updated.

A new splash pad would be open to the public, at no charge.

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