Representatives from the Carbon County School District approached the Price City Council regarding a softball/baseball complex east of Carbon High. The school district wishes to begin the estimated $1.5 million project later this summer or early fall.
The complex will replace the existing softball and baseball fields near the school. Since some land surrounding the fields is owned by Price City, the school district requested a purchase of the land in order to move forward with the project.
According to Darin Lancaster, business administrator for the Carbon County School District, the complex would consist of new baseball and softball fields, a parking lot and a batting cage, among others. Last season, both the Carbon softball and baseball teams played at different fields throughout the county as the school’s fields had become run down.
“The area is really short on fields,” said councilman Layne Miller. “Something like this coming into the community is terrific.”
Lancaster told council the district hopes the fields could be used throughout the year, even after school ends. “We would like to see the fields used more than just the couple months the high school uses them,” he explained.
Lancaster went on to explain that if the school district took over the land from Price City, it would also take over the maintenance of the fields. The district is not looking for any financial commitment or maintenance from Price City.
The council agreed to have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) drafted regarding the complex. The MOU would outline that the council will allow the district to take control of the property, which is located near 650 North and will house the parking lot and part of the softball field.
A public hearing regarding the transfer of the land will likely be had at an upcoming Price City Council meeting.