Baseball alumni game to celebrate Cooper Field improvements |

Baseball alumni game to celebrate Cooper Field improvements

Staff report

Cooper Field in Deerfield Regional Park will host the Rifle High School Baseball Alumni game — an event intended to celebrate the completion of more than $1.3 million worth of improvements to the field — Saturday.

The event starts at 7 p.m., and in addition to the alumni game the evening will feature a recognition of the contributors to the facility, free drawings and more. KMTS’s Ron Milhorn and Jack Jabbour will serve as play by play announcers.

“It will be a great time and everyone is invited,” Rifle Parks and Recreation Director Tom Whitmore said. “If you haven’t been to Deerfield in a while, please come and enjoy the new amenities.”

Construction on improvements to Cooper Field started in February 2014 and finished this past spring.

With Garfield Re-2 School District committing $650,000 and another $350,000 coming from a Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant, the city was able to complete a number of improvements to the field, including: a press box, restrooms, a concession room, bleacher seating for 600 people, a lighted concrete plaza area, landscape planters with seat walls, trees, new dugouts and parking lot lighting.

“Though Deerfield Regional Park has a ways to go before completion, but the improvements at Cooper Field have gone a long way toward setting the standard for what we want Deerfield Regional Park to look like,” Whitmore said.

Remaining items to be completed include: landscaping around the other sports fields, parking lot, the parking lot islands and the West Garfield County Veterans Memorial, and building trails throughout the park.

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