Beginning next Monday, Aug. 27 and running through March 1, 2019, the Town of Oro Valley will close the baseball fields at James D. Kriegh Park for major improvements. The project includes new irrigation, new grass with laser-leveled fields, new fencing and dugouts and upgraded restrooms. The closure applies only to the fields.
According to a press release issued by the town, JDK Park is “the oldest and most heavily-used park in Oro Valley,” with and “aging” infrastructure dating back to 1974. The ball fields are scheduled to reopen next spring.
“The worn down grass and filled-in gopher holes on our ball fields make playability very difficult,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kristy Diaz-Trahan, in a release. “Kids take a hard grounder to the nose because of less than ideal playing surfaces. This project will not only improve the playing surfaces, but the new irrigation system will improve the efficiency of water usage, aligning with the town’s focus on conservation.”
Up-to-date information on the coming improvements at JDK Park is available via the Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Facebook page, or online at orovalleyaz.gov/JDKpark.