JOHN DAY – As of last week $14,432 and 500 man hours of labor – none of it tax money – had been placed into the project to develop a baseball and recreation complex on a piece of land in northeast John Day owned by the District 3 school board.

All that is needed now, Lee Brooks told the school board, are backstops for the varsity and junior varsity fields.

The school board responded to Brooks’ request for assistance with an authorization of up to $4,000 to be spent for backstops at the two fields.

Brooks reported that the varsity and junior varsity baseball fields are completely in, seeded, under irrigation and grass is starting to grow.

Brooks estimated that a backstop for the varsity field equipped with nylon netting rather than chain link fencing would cost about $2,150, while a jayvee backstop could be put in for $1,200 to $1,500.

Land also has been leveled for softball and Little League fields at the site.

“We did the best we could with the equipment we had,” Brooks said, “and I think we will have a facility second to none in Eastern Oregon.”

– Oct. 18, 1984, Blue Mountain Eagle

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