Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Project managers went all out when they designed Wescott Park.
This summer people living in the Wescott Plantation area, as well as baseball and softball families from around the state, are getting introduced to the area’s newest sports complex/park.
Years ago the City of North Charleston set out to create a park suited to host high-level baseball/softball tournaments that would also serve the general community. The plans all came to fruition this month as the city opened Wescott Park, located off Dorchester Road between Wescott Blvd. and Ashley Phosphate Road.
The park’s athletic facilities have multiple features that set them apart from some of the other facilities in the area.
The three baseball/softball fields at the park are miniature models of Major League Baseball parks located in the cities of Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco. The park’s Boston Field includes a miniature version of the legendary “Green Monster” wall in left field and Atlanta Field includes a silhouette backdrop of that city’s skyline.
The dugouts are equipped with phones so that coaches can communicate with tournament officials in the press box. Concrete bleachers running down the first and third base lines are covered so that fans have shelter from the sun and rain.
Earlier this month the park hosted a Dixie Youth Softball state tournament and this week the park is hosting the 2013 South Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-star Tournament. Both tournaments have attracted large crowds.
Nestled in between the fields is a children’s playground, just one of the features designed to make the park appealing to the masses.
The other side of the park includes a Ripken Training Facility complete with batting cages, practice pitching mounds and a Ripken Training Circle. Patented by Cal and Bill Ripken, the Ripken Training Circle helps teams practice multiple skill sets in the same place, making practices more efficient. Bases for the circle are moveable so it is well suited for multiple age groups.
Wescott Park also includes an amphitheater for outdoor performances, green spaces and multi-purpose fields, walking trails through wetlands and a number of enclosed and open-air shelters suitable for a variety of community and family events.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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