Springdale opens baseball park

April 11, 2008

Six weeks before Pensacola voters approved the Community Maritime Park, Springdale, Ark. passed a referendum for a baseball park. They played their first game in the park yesterday.

From the Morning News:

Springdale mayor Jerry Van Hoose stood on the concourse of his city’s crown jewel with a look of disbelief on his face Thursday.

He watched nearly every bit of the construction of Arvest Ballpark. He knew just how beautiful the facility was going to be. But it didn’t quite prepare Van Hoose for the power of the finishing touch, which began trickling through the gates with gaping smiles two hours before the first pitch.

“I didn’t realize how sterile this place was until the people walked in,” Van Hoose said. “They gave it heart. I really wasn’t prepared to see all this joy.”

Joy……if only our mayor and city council could only understand how they have failed us.

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  • JoeRobertsNPA April 12, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Jason you are right on target. When someone with real vision and a desire to promote the common good over personal greed shows up, they are beat down by the status quo crowd and what ever message they might have goes through the shredder down at the LPNJ. That’s why the real talent from here ends up shakin’ and movin’ in New York or San Diego.

  • Jason C. April 11, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Pensacola thinks much, much to small. No vision. No inspiration (contrary to what our magnets would have you believe). Just tired, stale ideas from tired, stale leaders who spend more time and energy trying to convince people that Pensacola is the greatest place on earth while anybody with 2 eyes can look to our east or to our west and see that just isn’t the case.

  • Anonymous April 11, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    If the options were unlimited, many would not choose a ballpark, uwf classrooms and another museum for prime waterfront property.

    Been to the TT Wentworth museum lately?

  • Michelle April 11, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    The multi-use stadium is only an issue because UWF and the City asked Quint to take the $3 million he would have spent building the stadium and put it towards the maritime museum so they could get a matching state grant and turn $3 million in to $6 million.

    The most often heard rant is that “WE shouldn’t be paying to building HIS stadium.” There wouldn’t be so much grief about it if people could do the math and see that $6 million is better than $3 million.

    I’m stumped as to why so many people have trouble grasping this concept.

  • Anonymous April 11, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Maybe if there was more retail, restaurants , and an outdoor theatre for concerts like the wharf at Orange Beach the ballpark wouldn’t be an issue.

    Ballpark is ok, but don’t think UWF classrooms is the highest and best use of the waterfront

  • Anonymous April 11, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Too bad a lot of our fine citizens wouldn’t enjoy a baseball park, as well.

    I hear a lot of people say about the CMP that they would support it if there was no baseball stadium. Can someone please tell me why? WITHOUT bashing me or anyone else? A well-thought-out, intelligent response, please.