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New discussions for compromise of an additional field at George Ward Park to be held during Special Called Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting Monday; public input meetings tentatively set for Thursday

 PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Sunday March 10, 2019

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Council Pro Tem William Parker will lead discussions and offer solutions, including compromising with community stakeholders for the City to provide another softball/ baseball field at George Ward Park so that all sports can co-exist. These details are on the agenda for Monday’s (March 11th) Special Called Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting at noon in the Council Chambers.

The cost for infrastructure is set to be approximately $1 million. Council Pro Tem Parker plans to meet with community stakeholders, including those from the Glen Iris Community, to lay out the changes and the new proposal for George Ward Park tentatively this Thursday March 14th.

‘We want to clear up any miscommunication and own our part in giving the citizens all the pertinent information on MLB Youth Foundation,” Council Pro Tem Parker said. “This will help us clear the air of any misunderstandings on the logistics of the fields and help us continue to improve our process of communication as well provide space for all sports at George Ward Park.”

This proposal comes on the heels of the Council unanimously passing a two-week delay on the item dealing with a plan for the Major League Baseball Youth Foundation (MLBYF) to construct and operate a youth baseball academy at George Ward Park during last week’s Council meeting and will come up for a final vote on Tuesday March 19th.

This week Council Pro Tem Parker is also planning a site visit, during the time of the National League of Cities and Just Economy Conference, with his Council colleagues at the Major League Baseball Youth Academy located in Washington D.C.

For media inquiries please contact Chiara Perry, Director of Public Information in the Office of the Birmingham City Council at 205.383.8432.