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Aubree Ogles and Dylan Cole enjoy their treats in air conditioned comfort in the North Park baseball complex's dining room Wednesday. Mike Chenoweth also enjoys the comforts the park can afford.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Aubree Ogles and Dylan Cole enjoy their treats in air conditioned comfort in the North Park baseball complex's dining room Wednesday. Mike Chenoweth also enjoys the comforts the park can afford.

Crowds flock to Priceville's North Park
Action on ball fields; concession stand with dining area drawing business

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com 340-2437

PRICEVILLE — Although North Park has acres of work to go before completion, crowds flock there to enjoy outdoor recreation.

Morgan County District 1 Commissioner Jeff Clark said the park officially opened for baseball and softball two weeks ago.

"We had a crowd of about 3,000 or more," said Clark. "We had so many because every youth league team had a representative there as well as all the other people. We generally have good crowds all season long."

The park opened three years ago. It has five baseball/softball fields and one soccer field that's finished.

"We're still working on bringing dirt in for two baseball/softball fields," Clark said. "We're working on soccer and football fields. We've got irrigation in and, hopefully, we'll have them ready to use this fall.

Clark said the fields that are in use get plenty of action, and a one-of-a-kind concession stand gets a lot of business.

The Priceville Community Recreation Association uses the ball fields every night except Wednesday and Sunday, Clark said.

"We've got the only concession stand with an indoor dining area," said Clark. "We built ours to current codes, and they serve hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, corndogs and other things."

Another feature is the Daikin Garden, which is landscaped with various Japanese plants. Clark said pavilions near the garden cannot be used until
restrooms are built.

"We meant to have them built by now, but the budget got even tighter after we built the new jail," he said. "We're still making progress, but it's not as fast as we'd like."

The county's other three parks, Summerford South Park at Falkville, Sparkman West Park near Neel and Huskey Park at Florette are in full swing with the ball season, also.

Like North Park, District 3 Commissioner Kevin Murphy said Summerford Park is in use nearly all week.

"Right now it is youth league and after that we'll get into co-ed and church leagues," Murphy said.

District 4 Commissioner Stacy George said youth leagues from Lacey's Spring, Brindley Mountain and Cotaco are all playing ball at Huskey Park.

"We do several men's tournaments also," George said. "This is an active time of the year for all county parks."

Teams

  • Forty-six youth softball teams grouped by age: 7-8- year-olds, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.

  • Sixty-eight youth baseball teams grouped by the same ages as softball, but including a co-ed team for 5- and 6-year-olds.

  • Soccer teams begin using the fields in August.

  • For information, 778-7931.

    - Morgan County Recreation Department

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