Carrollton Plans Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Adaptive Sports Field
The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will officiate a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. for the newly updated field number six at Josey Ranch Sports Complex (1440 Keller Springs Road).
The field was originally built in 1989 as a stand-alone baseball field, rather than a four-plex, and was underutilized and in need of repairs. The City of Carrollton’s Parks & Recreation Department saw this as a perfect opportunity to bridge the gap in programming for adaptive-centric opportunities and rejuvenate the area, turning it into a multi-use field for adaptive offerings.
“Parks is proud to add an outdoor facility for children, senior citizens, wounded warriors, and individuals with special needs,” said Scott Whitaker, Carrollton Parks & Recreation Director. “The community needs more adaptive facilities for these individuals to showcase their unique talents.”
All ages are welcome to attend this free event. Grilled hot dogs, chips, snacks, and drinks will be available. After the ceremony, players and coaches from the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District Special Olympics All Stars team will participate in a few innings of a kickball exhibition scrimmage.
“A new adaptive facility like this is part of the City of Carrollton’s continuing efforts to better support special populations, promote inclusiveness, and further the City’s vision to be the community that families and businesses want to call home,” Mayor Kevin Falconer said.
As part of the upgrade, the existing field was converted to a low-pile synthetic turf that provides a more functional surface for wheelchairs and individuals with special needs. Additionally, a new backstop, fencing, drainage, and wider dugouts were installed according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design.
Field design and construction plans were drawn by Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc. (DSS), a landscape architectural firm that provides park planning and landscape architectural services to municipal, institutional, and sports/recreational clients throughout Texas.
Demolition of the existing structures, construction of the new facility, and installation was done by EarthCo, experienced civil and geotechnical engineers and environmental consultants. The Realgrass Cushdrain System synthetic turf by Hellas Construction improves field drainage, provides enhanced longevity, and is low maintenance. Hellas is the official turf provider of the Dallas Cowboys and installed the surfacing at The Star in Frisco and field updates at AT&T Stadium.
The entire park improvement project budget was approximately $500,000 and was funded in the fall of 2017 by the Parks and Recreation amenity fund allocation from the City Council, which allows for the rehabilitation of aging equipment and infrastructure.For more information on City parks, visit cityofcarrollton.com/parks.