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Parks Department looks to update Vivion Field

Parks Department looks to update Vivion Field

September 13th, 2017 by Nicole Roberts in News

Ernie Vivion Field is seen Tuesday in Washington Park.

Photo by Shelby Kardell /News Tribune.

The Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission is considering updating the dugouts at the city's Vivion Field.

Todd Spalding, director of the city's Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department, said at Tuesday's meeting he wants to update Vivion Field, located at 1200 Washington Park Drive, by improving seating, restrooms, the concession stand and storage areas. He said his first priority, though, is renovating the dugouts.

The dugouts would be set into the ground and be bigger. Spalding said the dugouts could possibly have storage facilities or restrooms in them.

"It's such an old, historic, beautiful field that we just thought that some of the things around it needed to be updated," he said.

Spalding said he believes the Parks Department would pay for the dugouts, but he would talk with the the Jefferson City Public Schools and the Jefferson City Renegades baseball team about partnering on the other update expenses. The schools and Renegades pay the department to play games at Vivion Field.

The Renegades are part of the M.I.N.K. League, which includes other Missouri teams like the Branson Nationals, Joplin Outlaws, St. Joseph Mustangs and Sedalia Bombers.

Ideas for dugout updates and expenses will be presented at the next commission meeting.

Spalding said the Parks Department would get other renovation ideas from the department's master plan. The master plan will outline different improvements to the city's park system and is set to be completed by the October or November.