The Weatherford Little League (WLL) has long been a popular program. And soon it will be a little easier to take in a game thanks to more parking availability.
That additional parking will be smoother, as will the existing parking.
The City of Weatherford is partnering with the WLL to develop an asphalt parking lot on the north side of the fields at Soldier Springs Park on Charles Street. The work is to take place in August, said Shannon Goodman, director of parks, recreation and special events.
"The ball-field complex is old and in need of attraction," Goodman said. "As the city and WLL work together to update this facility we can address parking issues and walkway accessibility issues. The plan we have in place was established in 2008 and we are going to work in phases to complete it."
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Goodman said the work should take about three weeks to complete. The approximate cost is $88,000, with the WLL paying user fees of $30,000 in advance and the city using collected user fees from previous years, along with park development fees to fund the project.
Geoff Heatherington, president of WLL, said the agreement was made between his organization and the city in February. However, the season was ongoing during the spring and summer months.
Heatherington said not only will the renovation improve looks and make parking smoother, it will increase the number of parking spaces from the 90 the area currently has to a new projected 127 capacity.
"Our parking lot is in drastic need for improvements," Heatherington said. "These improvements will not only benefit Weatherford Little League, but will also benefit all those who use Soldier Springs Park."
Also nearby are the Soldier Springs Tennis Courts used by the public and the Parker County Tennis Association. There are also walking trails accessible from the Charles Street location.
The new parking lot should be available for use in September, Heatherington said.
"This will make that area look a lot nicer also," he added. "It's something that's really needed."