Riverton City Council votes against baseball diamonds

By Nadia Crow

Published 08/20 2013 09:29PM

Updated 08/21 2013 11:47AM

RIVERTON, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A tradition of baseball in Riverton takes a major blow Tuesday night after the city council voted against baseball diamonds in City Park renovations. Almost everyone who spoke at the council meeting agreed that the park needs renovations, but whether or not that included baseball diamonds continued to be the center of the debate. Four out of five council members disagreed.

The rallying cries from the little leaguers of Riverton weeks ago and the pleas of about a dozen people voicing their concerns about demolishing baseball diamonds at City Park Tuesday night fell upon deaf ears at Tuesday's city council meeting. City council member Al Leavitt says the city is not responsible for providing a facility for the 1,700 boys who play Little League.

"I think the guys that are making the money off this baseball super league need to take a personal accountability and make their own baseball facility," said City Council Member Al Leavitt.

It then turned from baseball to politics when the crowd decisively turned against the four who voted to approve the plan that would not include baseball diamonds. Council Member Brent Johnson asked to table the issue and voted no. Leavitt spearheaded the vote that ultimately approved the plan. A man amongst the crowd wants to challenge Leavitt for his seat on the council because of the City Park renovations plan.

"I just dont see how a passive park is going to bring in any revenue or bring in business to the surrounding businesses we have in the area," said city council candidate Trent Stagg.

Despite weeks of petitions, emails, and meetings, the woman who organized the public dissent says she won't stop here.

"It's unfortunate that he doesnt want to represent his city so I'll be voting against him and actively camaigning against him," said Riverton resident Teveka Melanson.

City Council members say the new plan shows a better park with more facilities for community events and other sports besides baseball. You can view the plans here.

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