McAllen Set for $9 Million Baseball/Softball Park  

 
MCALLEN, TX — The City Commission voted in November to award Hellas Construction, an Austin firm that specializes in building sports complexes, the contract to build a $9 million youth baseball and softball park.
 
The commission unanimously voted to award the project to Hellas. It will take 190 working days, which should translate to a completion date in October or November 2017, depending on when construction gets underway.
 
There will be 12 fields and a Miracle League field for children with mental and physical disabilities. The park will host local, state and national-level events.
 
Taxpayers voted in a 2013 bond election to put $15 million toward a youth baseball and softball park. Bids that the commission rejected in September came in at $13.1 million. The $4 million savings gives the city more money to spend on six softball fields.
 
Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hernandez said the baseball park will still be a first-class facility, despite the lower bid.

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