For some baseball lovers, there’s nothing more romantic than a ballpark built into the existing urban fabric, a la Fenway Park.
Fans in Alexandria will soon be able to tap into those ideals at a finger-shaped property in the southern part of the city. Sandwiched in between the metro tracks and Duke Street, and bordered by Telegraph Road, a new ball field is being built.
A new minor league park for the Aces?
Unfortunately, no, they’re still playing at their ancient and inadequate facility.
We’re talking the “Witter Fields Project” on Witter Avenue behind the Pet Hospital. Avon Corporation broke ground last March and hopes to have everything ready for June.
- Two lighted synthetic turf rectangular fields
- One lighted natural turf softball field with scoreboard
- 141 Parking Spaces
- Pedestrian/exercise path
- Interpretive Area for Inactive 18th Century Cemetery
- 2 Park Pavilions/Shade structures
- 1 Restroom Building that uses Solar Panels to offset its electrical load.
Sorry to mislead you about the baseball field. It’s built for softball but I couldn’t help but be taken back to my younger years when we used city facilities in Greensboro to play pick up baseball. We took care of the shorter dimensions by hitting left-handed.
Note: Couldn’t get a decent shot of the field, and besides, it’s just being carved out by the bulldozers. A foreman did tell me they are on schedule for June.