Batting Facility to Be Built at Hannibal Park, in East Beatrice

BEATRICE –  A Beatrice Plus grant totaling $6,000 for each of the next five years will go toward building an indoor batting facility in Hannibal Park. The funds are derived from voluntary contributions by utility bill payers.

The award received approval by the Beatrice City Council, Monday night.  Organizations like the Beatrice Girls Softball Association and Beatrice Bullets Baseball would also contribute to the project, estimated to cost about $250,000.

Application would be made to other grant programs or foundations, to help fund the 50-by-100-foot facility.  That includes a $35,000 request to an organization called the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

Councilman Phil Cook likes the idea.

:09                  “during the winter”

Councilman Dwight Parde, however, feels the use of the facility should be expanded to more than just organizations supporting it.

:04                  “use it”

City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer says the indoor batting facility was included in the new city budget, with $200,000 included.

:06                  “for other projects”

The facility will be owned by the City of Beatrice.  Tempelmeyer says hours will be established that allow groups that are helping to fund the facility, enough time to use it on a regular basis.  A membership possibility for general use by the public, is being considered.

The Beatrice Plus grant was approved on a 5-2 vote, with councilmen Dwight Parde and Rich Kerr voting no.

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