Archive for Thursday, February 26, 2004

Basehor looking into ties with sport complex

February 26, 2004

The city of Basehor will begin exploring in coming weeks the feasibility of aligning with the Basehor Athletic Association's Field of Dreams sports complex.

During Monday night's Basehor City Council meeting, City Council president Julian Espinoza received permission from other City Council members to begin discussions with athletic association representatives. The discussions have not begun and there are no proposals as of yet, Espinoza said.

The athletic association is a volunteer organization, which coordinates sports activities at the Field of Dreams, located north of Basehor on Fairmount Road.

The Field of Dreams is a 34-acre facility that includes seven softball/baseball fields and four football fields. It hosts recreational and competitive tournaments throughout the year.

Since its inception, the athletic association and its complex have received no funding from either county or city municipalities. It is one of the few such complexes in the area that do not receive public funding.

"There really is no association one way or the other and I've always wondered why that is," Espinoza said. "The City Council said they thought it was worth me investigating it."

Ideally, there should be some kind of affiliation between the two, said Espinoza, who has past experience in the recreation field. Espinoza spent six years as the first athletic director for the Edwardsville Recreation Commission.

Espinoza said the city's sole purpose in exploring a partnership between the athletic association and city government is simply to help the Field of Dreams provide an even better product to area residents.

The athletic association is currently signing up players for the summer softball and baseball season.

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