The Ecke Sports Park fields would be impossible for ELL to replace. The lighted fields are a positive gathering spot for families and the community — come by any Saturday in spring to see four games in progress, a line at the snack bar and kids in dirty uniforms enjoying the day outside. Ecke Sports Park itself is a huge part of ELL’s baseball success and ELL has done its’ share — using its’ own fundraising money to install in 2011 additional safety netting on fields 2 and 3 (cost $8,360.00), an artificial turf infield on field 2 in 2012 (cost $20,000.00) and a batting cage renovation in 2014 (cost to ELL $17,000.00 not including $13,000 in donated turf.) ELL has invested over $45,000.00 in the Ecke Sports Park since 2010, all made in reasonable reliance that ELL would have full access to the facility through 2024. The new Encinitas Community Park (ECP) is wonderful — but was not intended as a full time sports park and is not close to a comparable facility, with its lack of lights, only 2 unfenced baseball fields (with no infield turf) and no batting cages.The League is offering to surrender one of the four fields for the YMCA to expand parking. They can manage with the other three fields by shifting some older kids' games to the new Encinitas Community Park. This solution would seem to be a reasonable way out for the League and the YMCA -- and for the re-election hopes of the four council members who approved the giveaway of the fields. But apparently the YMCA is insistent about its development plans; otherwise, this whole thing would have been settled months ago.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Little League proposes compromise with YMCA over Ecke fields giveaway
From the President of Encinitas Little League: