Meridian Star

June 7, 2014

Next phase under way at Magnolia Ball Park

The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — By Terri Ferguson Smith

    The long-awaited third phase of construction at Magnolia Ball Park is under way.

    Watching Friday as workers poured concrete for the foundation of a new concession stand and restrooms building, Wayman Newell, District 2 Supervisor, said the project is finally coming together.

    Phase One included getting the baseball field back into condition for youngsters to play baseball on. They brought the fence in for players in Tee-ball all the way to Rookie League, Newell said. They also added a miniature soccer and football field behind the baseball field, he said.

    Lights, costing approximately $125,000, were part of Phase Two.

    The final phase was delayed by rain because workers could not pour concrete on to muddy ground. That changed on Friday when J&J Construction of Macon, began pouring a slab for the 28 feet by 26 building to house bathrooms and a  concession stand.

    Newell said he had hoped to have the building ready by the start of the season, which began on June 2, but that wasn't possible. The foundation will cure for seven days, then construction on the cinder block building will start.

    "We as taxpayers have spent about $300,000 on this field, which came out of the bond issue that was floated at the beginning of this term," Newell said.

    Nearly 200 children registered this year to play on the field, making it a worthy investment, he said.

    "I've heard some people say it was a waste of money. In my opinion, it was some of the best money that Lauderdale County has ever spent."

    Newell said he is grateful for the support of those who have sponsored teams at Magnolia.