Murfreesboro ballfields removed for wetlands project
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -
The crack of the bat has been replaced with the rumble of earth movers at one Murfreesboro city park.
Two ballfields at Oaklands Park have been removed as part of the Oaklands Wetland Restoration Project, an agreement the city entered into with the Army Corps of Engineers.
The restoration project calls for green space, an outdoor stage amphitheater and walking trails as well as 100 species of trees - all native to Tennessee - to be planted at the park next to the historic Oaklands Mansion.
The fields were home to Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball for years, and former Major League Baseball player Ken Gearhart even used to play on the Oaklands fields.
"It's not Yankee Stadium, but to a lot of folks it was our field of dreams. We enjoyed our time as kids growing up in a small town. I love growth, and I love Murfreesboro, but times change," said resident Alan Farley.
City parks and recreation officials said if the fields had remained intact, the city would have possibly been out of millions of dollars for changing the plans mid-contract, but a substantial amount of money had already been invested in site surveys and planning for the project.
City League baseball is now played at Barfield Crescent Park.
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