The Weatherford High School Roos and Lady Roos will soon be able to settle into their future home, with the district’s new baseball/softball complex set for an Aug. 15 completion date, WISD Executive Director of Facilities J.P. Kechnie said during Monday’s board of trustees meeting.
“A huge amount of work has been done to the baseball/softball complex since our last meeting,” Kechnie said.
A $4.29 million contract for the facilities with JRJ Construction was approved by the WISD board of trustees back in December.
Back in early May, construction crews spread rock under the turf on the baseball field and started to work on the drainage and rock for the softball field.
The complex’s outfield fence posts and perimeter footings, light poles, tension rod posts for the netting system, foundation for the dugout and concession stand, as well as the concession stand’s plumbing and electrical also finished up back in the spring.
Since then, construction crews have started to put the finishing touches on a number of items, progress Kangaroos’ Head Baseball Coach Jason Lee said is encouraging to see.
“The field itself is pretty much finished, it looks really nice,” Lee said.
“We have a big Kangaroo logo in center field. They still have to finish a little fencing and the dugouts. They are in the process of pouring concrete under the cover for the batting cages and the bleachers. The press box needs to be built and they are finishing up the concession stand and restrooms.
“I am excited for it to be finished and for us to be able to use these facilities. This will be one of the top [ones] in the metroplex.”
Both Weatherford’s new baseball and softball fields will feature turf, a change from the district’s current fields.
In addition, the new baseball/softball complex will allow the Roos (who previously played varsity games at Raymond E. Curtis Field at the Ninth Grade Center) and Lady Roos (who played at Shirley Hall Middle School) to come together on the high school’s campus.