One of the most popular baseball fields in Gig Harbor is undergoing a dramatic change in order to make the parks department run more efficiently.
The Gig Harbor Parks Commission and City Council announced a pilot program for ballfield reservations at Crescent Creek Park’s baseball field, located at 3303 Vernhardsen St. The pilot program will be in place through June 30, 2014.
Reservations for the field are available Monday through Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis. Time slots will be in 90-minute increments. There will be no fees for reservations or use of the field.
Gig Harbor Public Works supervisor Marco Malich thinks the new program will be a positive for the community.
“We wanted to be more organized, and having this pilot program for one year to see how it goes,” he said. “It is going to be valuable.”
Malich said the program will cut down on ambiguity.
“In years past, it would be hit-and-miss,” he said. “Teams would go to the field and hope that another team wasn’t there. If there was someone occupying the field and someone else showed up, they would have to get back in their cars and head home.
“We’re trying to organize the field to where that doesn’t happen anymore,” Malich said. “We want teams to be able to show up and know they have the field all to themselves during their time slot.”
Once reservations are made, a schedule will be posted at the park to let individuals know who has access to the field during a particular timeframe.
Malich said a city official visits the field every day to conduct maintenance.
“The field gets quite a bit of use, particularly in the summer time,” he said. “All kinds of different organizations come here to practice. Organized teams, Little League teams and families looking to play ball with their kids on the weekends are a few of our usual attendees.
“It is going to be more organized now, and we’re excited about that,” he said.
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