Foundation to Present Revised Field Plans Wednesday

Carson Raymond Foundation officials will present a new plan Wednesday for Woodbrook Field. The plan includes a new design for the proposed dugouts.

In a telephone interview Friday, Foundation president John Raymond said, “After meeting with the community and hearing their concerns we decided not to do the storage structure so the dugouts themselves will be smaller and won’t take much space, and we’ve opened up the back of it so you can see clearly through the dugout.”

A plan provided by the Foundation gives the size of new dugouts as 20 feet wide by 8 feet deep with a height of approximately 8 feet. An opening at the back and sides of the design begins at 3 feet 6 inches above the ground. The field will contain two dugouts of the new design.

“It will be [cinder] block – the block wall is a couple feet high, then it has a little bit in the back with chain link so you can see through it.” said Raymond during the interview. As before, the dugouts will be closed off so that people cannot gain access to them.

A portion of the plans for the new dugout design as provided by the Carson Raymond Foundation Friday. An opening in the back of the dugout 3 1/2 feet above the floor has been added to increase visibility in order to reduce use of the structure for criminal activity. The new design is approximately 20 feet in width and about 8 feet deep and 8 feet high. Provisions for a storage unit have been dropped.

“The thing that we kept that was important to us was having a roof of some sort so the kids – if there was rain – they could be underneath,” said Raymond. “We completely altered the design to take in to account the concerns of the community,” he said.

A dugout similar in shape and size to the proposed. In the Foundation’s design the back of the dugout will be open above 3 feet 6 inches. The Foundation believes the design is unique to the area. This photo was taken at Pen Park in January.

The Foundation’s plan to landscape the site is still a part of the new design. “The thing that will be most apparent about the landscaping design will be the nine Redbud trees planted around the outside ringing the field and that will be kind of the signature of the field,” said Raymond.

The meeting will take place in the Woodbrook Elementary School library this Wednesday April 21, 2010 beginning at 7:30 p.m. All interested Woodbrook residents are encouraged to attend.