The second phase of the Visalia Riverway Sports Park was open on Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the new four field youth baseball complex.. The gala event featured games, food, music, information booths, and conclude with the National Little League Championship game.
As part of the dedication ceremony, the newest members of the Pillars of Fame where also recognized including Shirley Bridges, Gorman Stalder, Bob Talbot and John Woods.
The new baseball fields meet the playing specifications as provided by both Cal Ripken Youth Baseball and Visalia Little League. Aside from league and tournament play during the spring and summer months by these organizations, the fields will also be utilized for less competitive programs and other user groups during the late-summer and fall seasons as well.
The second phase of construction, roughly 12 acres, also included additional concession and restroom facilities to support the new baseball fields; the lighting of two more soccer fields (which means a total of five fields will now be lighted all along the southern boundary of the park); the lighting of the BMX facility; and additional parking lot and roadway improvements. The initial phase of the sports complex included 48 acres of development featuring 10 regulation sized soccer fields (three were lighted); three large group picnic areas; two restroom/concession facilities; two playgrounds; an interactive water feature; permanent parking improvements; and a host of other general park amenities.
Photos by Bill Dillberg