Whole New Ball Game

An opening for the renovated Bay St. Louis Sports Complex should be celebrated soon, with finishing touches now being put on the seven-acre facility.

On Wednesday, crews from Vision Construction put into place an ornate, 25-foot-wide archway across the top of the entrance gates to the complex, located off Harry Street.

“This has been one of the smoothest projects we’ve had” in the city’s continued rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Les Fillingame said.

Overhauls to the complex, which was battered in Katrina, have been done under a 120-day contract. The project is costing about $1 million, with 30 percent of the money coming from FEMA and the balance from federal Community Development Block Grant funds.

The job has included remodeling as well as new construction. Six ball fields were overhauled, dugouts and press boxes were renovated, bathrooms were updated, and a pavilion and new playground were built.

In addition, bleachers have been covered and new sidewalks were added. New ball field lights have also been installed.

“We put in new lighting and replaced the old wooden light poles with concrete,” city official Buzz Olsen said.

Fillingame said the complex should be completed and reopened by the middle of this month.

BY J.R. Welsh

The Sea Coast Echo

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