84°F
Sponsored by

Battling brewing over baseball fields in Riverton

RIVERTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Utah youth baseball league says their kids won't have anywhere to play because the city of Riverton is pushing them out.
RIVERTON, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A Utah youth baseball league says their kids won't have anywhere to play because the city of Riverton is pushing them out.

Every year, hundreds of kids spend their summers playing in the private, super league, Utah Select Baseball on fields across the Wasatch Front.

But the league just found out they're no longer welcome on five fields at Riverton Main Park.

The league's lease with the city was good through the end of the fall season, but the city is terminating the agreement early because of plans to renovate the park and do away with the fields all together.

“What is going to happen there is a complete renovation of the park and it will become more of a passive park that we think will be more usable for Riverton citizens,” said Jeff Hawker, assistant city manager.

The director of the Utah Select Baseball league, who's out of state, tells ABC4’s Kim Johnson over the phone-- he was told the renovations wouldn't happen for 3 to 4 years and that he had time to find other fields.

Now he has just weeks before the fall season begins.

But the city says even though their plan puts the league in a bind, they are following the terms of the lease.

“According to the response that I have, the lease agreement with them contained a 30 day cancelation with them, so that either party could cancel with 30 days notice,” said Hawker.

Parents and coaches wish the city would have more sympathy for the kids.

“We need a place to play,” said Donelle Mortensen, a parent. “They don't have anything to replace it, where can they go to play baseball?”

“I think it's probably not the best way when you are dealing with anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 children that participate here and play in the league,” said Matt Dixon, a coach. “Have a discussion versus just saying ‘here exercise a 30-day notice and it's someone else’s problem’.”

The Utah Select League won't be able to play at the fields come Aug. 1. The director is scrambling to find other fields for fall ball which starts very soon after in mid-August.
Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus
local-businesses.png
cars.png dixie-local.jpg

Popular Stories on Facebook