Rifle field ready this month
“Play ball!”The city of Rifle has lived up to its promise to have the new ball field in Deerfield Park ready for use this month by the Re-2 School District.The new field in north Rifle replaces the old Cooper Field at the Garfield County Fairgrounds, which was torn down to make way for the new county services building.”Phase one has been completed,” said Aleks Briedis, recreation director for the city of Rifle. “We have the field and the backstops up, so we have a playable field.”The school district will use it for baseball practices, which begin this month, and the regular season this spring.But while the field is playable, there is still work to be done. The city is now working on completing the bullpens, where the pitchers warm up, and the dugouts.”We’ll probably use bleachers from other fields for this season, and the lights have been ordered and should arrive in the next couple of weeks,” Briedis said. “The biggest thing right now is the dugouts.”The city and the county each contributed $150,000 for construction of the new field. The Field of Dreams ballclub received $125,000 from EnCana for the lighting.”We still need to do landscaping, the trail and a parking lot,” Briedis said. “This will be an ongoing process.”So far, construction of the new field has come in within budget. American Civil Contractors of Littleton is doing the work.Ground has also been broken at the fairgrounds for the new county services building, which houses the public services and social services departments. The 24,000-square foot building, which replaces the old county building on Taughbaugh Road in south Rifle, is slated to open in September.
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