Rec Room: Lone Tree Creek Park to include baseball, softball practice fields
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In previous articles and now in a podcast that can soon be heard via the city website at victoriatx.org, I have discussed the many features that will be included in the new Lone Tree Creek Park on Airline Road.
It is hard to overlook the splash park element that is getting all the attention and sure to be one of the most utilized features of the park during the hot summer days.
Let's face it, this element is something Victoria has been discussing for a while and soon it will be a reality.
With that being said, there is another element of the park that may almost go unnoticed, but will be an immeasurable gift for both Victoria Little League and Victoria Girls Softball Association, more practice fields.
Both organizations showed an increase in the number of players this year. Finding coaches, scheduling games, and weather are just a few of the challenges these associations have when managing their leagues.
Another is finding a place to practice. In 2011, the Parks and Recreation Department canvassed the city to identify all potential backstops that could be available for these leagues to use for practice.
We identified 76 backstops within Victoria, which on the surface seems like plenty of practice facilities, but some were on private property and owners are no longer allowing teams to utilize them for practice.
Seeing this need for additional practice facilities, we incorporated five new backstops in the Lone Tree Creek Park to help accommodate baseball and softball practices.
Since this new park is centrally located within the city, it is easily accessible to a large number of teams.
The additional practice fields and the current available practice fields should relieve some of the pressure of finding a place for teams to run through their infield, outfield and batting drills. All practice fields on city property are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Parks and Recreation Department routinely reviews policies and procedures to determine our best practices approach to making Victoria a better place to live, work and play. We wish all the teams the best of luck this year and look forward to seeing teams hone their skills next season on the practice fields at Lone Tree Creek Park.
Shane Simon is the recreation services manager for the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department. Contact him at 361-485-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Facebook at Victoria Parks Recreation.