City Council to Consider Replacing the Field at Generals Park

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JACKSON, Tenn. – A new playing surface is being requested for The Ballpark at Jackson. A proposed field replacement is set to be considered at Tuesday‘s Jackson City Council meeting. Officials with the Jackson Generals, Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, said the current surface was meant to be used for eight years but has lasted 16 years so far. Due to the age of the field, rain does not drain properly anymore and has a tendency to pool in areas of the outfield, which can render the surface unplayable. Team management said that replacing the current surface will result in fewer rain outs. During the 2013 season thus far, there have been seven rain outs at the ballpark. In the 16 year history of The Ballpark at Jackson, there have been 52 rain outs. Twenty-seven of them were during the first 11 years of the park. There have been 25 rain outs in the last five years. The lowest bid for the field was $132,600 to replace the surface. City officials are proposing to take $190,000 from the Recreation and Parks Capital Fund and transferring it to the account for improvements at The Ballpark in Jackson.

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