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If there’s money, they will build it

Sports park project put on hold for now

Posted: November 2, 2008 5:16 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2009 5:00 a.m.

In this December 2007 photo, a group of boys watch a baseball game at the Big League Dreams field out in Chino Hills.

A Big League Dreams sports park planned for Santa Clarita is on hold until the economy turns around, a city official said.

A feasibility study completed last spring shows an opportunity for revenue from a Big League Dreams sports park.

However, the high pricetag for such a project is a hurdle the city isn't willing to consider right now, said Rick Gould, director of parks, recreation and community services for the city of Santa Clarita.

"Until the economy improves, we've placed it on the shelf," he said.

Gould is unsure about when the city would reconsider a dreams park in Santa Clarita.

In October 2007, the City Council agreed to spend up to $90,000 to hire Big League Dreams Consulting LLC to select a site in Santa Clarita and design what the park would look like.

Big League Dreams, based in Chino Hills, offers scaled-down versions of historic baseball fields that resemble the real thing. The parks generally have an average of six baseball or softball fields that can be used for tournaments, playoffs or practice.

The parks also feature restaurants, batting cages and other types of sports courts.

Municipal governments build the facilities and Big League Dreams maintains and operates the parks.


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