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Council Delays Major League Baseball Youth Foundation Agreement One Week


Contact: Chiara Perry                                                 Tuesday February 26, 2019

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432


BIRMINGHAM, AL – An agreement that would allow the Major League Baseball Youth Foundation to construct and operate a youth baseball academy at George Ward Park was delayed one week. However, the Council debated whether there are other options for the new youth academy.

A resolution of support was passed following several amendments, encouraging the Birmingham Parks and Recreation Board to consider alternative locations including Banks Middle School, Cooper Green Park, East Lake Park and other viable locations.

By delaying the item a week, the Council hopes to get more information to the public about the proposed plans for George Ward and also allow for additional locations to be considered

Council President Pro Tem William Parker said that he will continue to meet with and address concerns of citizens who live in Birmingham. “This next week I’m going to make myself available. I’m available to meet,” Parker said. “Compromise is not a bad thing. We’re closer to finding common ground than what’s being reported. There is a plan in place to accommodate the groups who might be displaced.”

The item is expected to come back before the Council for a vote next Tuesday.

This press release was written by Cody Owens, in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information. For more information contact Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council Chiara Perry at 205-254-2036.