BSUK facility developments underway in Milton Keynes and Farnham Park
Mon 3 Sep 2012
Two major facility projects undertaken by BSUK have now broken ground and are scheduled to be completed for play in 2013, including a youth baseball/adult softball facility at Conniburrow, Milton Keynes, and two dedicated youth baseball/adult softball fields and one adult baseball field at Farnham Park near Slough.
This article will look at what's happening in Conniburrow, and details of developments at Farnham Park will be available soon.
Full steam ahead
Construction at Conniburrow began in early spring but was significantly delayed due to the extremely wet weather experienced from April through June. Since June, the groundwork has been full steam ahead and the field is 90% complete. It boasts a fully skinned infield, a six-metre high backstop, dugouts and bullpens, and is enclosed with home-run fencing at 91.44m (300 ft).
The backstop, infield, dugouts and bullpens have been completed and the majority of the fencing erected. The remaining fencing will be put in place once the sand dressing and seed has been laid on the outfield in the next few weeks.
The pavilion building is also currently under construction, with anticipated completion in early December. The pavilion will include changing facilities, kitchen, hall and toilets.
You can see some photos of the development so far at the end of this article.
This is a project that the local Council has been working on for a number of years. A project board was set up in 2011 by the Council, consisting of a project manager, the Conniburrow Community Association (CCA), Parish Councillor David Stabler, members of Milton Keynes Council (landscape architects, sport development managers etc), with BSUK assisting with technical guidance. Programming for the field will be a collaboration between the CCA and BSUK, and the emphasis will be placed on youth participation and recreational softball.
The site was originally earmarked for an adult baseball field, but once plans were laid out it emerged that there wasn't enough space for an adult field that allowed regulation dimensions and sufficient space for foul balls. The decision was therefore taken to build a softball and youth baseball field that will be used in conjunction with other sites in Milton Keynes. BSUK has led negotiations with Milton Keynes Council to develop a national training centre down the road at Woughton-on-the-Green, something that will hopefully be in place within the next few years.
Funding for the Conniburrow project has been provided through insurance money from the former pavilion, and the field construction is being paid for through Section 106 monies, as the field is replacing a baseball field at the Gyosei Japanese School in Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes residents interested in playing baseball and/or softball at Conniburrow in 2013 are encouraged to contact Will Lintern, BSUK's Midlands Regional Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone interested in playing adult baseball in Milton Keynes in 2013 season should contact Jon Reynolds at the Milton Keynes Bucks on through the BBF website.