Wescott plans open house

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 9, 2002

The Wescott Field project is at its halfway point and to show residents what has been accomplished so far, the Wescott Field steering committee is holding an open house Wednesday.

"I think people are unaware of where we are with it," said Amy Baskin, a member of the steering committee. "They think we're done. We still have work to do."

Of the three phases of the project, the first is completed. During the first phase, the a new track was installed, the football and soccer fields expanded and new scoreboards were installed. Riverland Community College also received a new baseball complex.

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Part of Phase II is already underway. The railings and bleachers are being replaced. This phases also includes additional locker rooms and new concessions and restroom facilities.

Phase III, which organizers hope will be completed by next spring, is a renovation of the tennis courts.

All this costs $4.2 million and the project has raised about $2 million.

This field is open to the public for use 24 hours a day, but is being fully funded through private donations.

"There really isn't other facilities like this in the city or county," Baskin said.

From 1:30 to 6 p.m. July 10, the public is invited to see the progress that has been made. Committee members will be on hand to answer questions and show visitors around, Baskin said.

Cari Quam can be reached at 434-2235 or by e-mail at cari.quam@austindailyherald.com