Knoxville — As we reported weeks ago, the City of Knoxville is working to improve the baseball/softball field at Young's Park. At Monday's regular Knoxville City Council meeting, thousands of dollars were committed to building new fences at the field, and a group of special guests shared the new piece of equipment that will be installed at Auld Park.
The new equipment to be installed at Auld Park is a free book exchange. The Knoxville Optimist Club will place the box, which will be stocked with a few books, on the corner near the club's section of the park.
Jamie Hunt spoke on behalf of the project. She said the group had seen such a thing in other communities and thought it was a "cool idea." Readers can feel free to drop off or pick up books as they please. Auld Park was selected because of its distance from the Knoxville Public Library. If the program is successful, another box may be built and installed.
In Young's Park, the infield has already been improved. Materials for the infield were donated by the Knoxville School District. The district replaced the infield of its softball field last year.
New fencing, including new dugouts and a taller fence to try to keep line drives off of Highway 14 will be installed by the Des Moines Steel Fence Company. In addition, a new backstop will be installed. Improvements already made to the ball diamond have been noticed.
“We've already heard wonderful comments and feedback," Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik said.
“I think that Young's Park has been ignored for a long time,” Councilor Tim Pitt said. “I've had several people come up to me that are really excited that we're going to get the ball fields back going again.”