Spalding Park

About the project

The Spalding Park project is a $3.8 million renovation in partnership with the Champaign Park District that will provide updated athletic facilities to Central High School and Franklin Middle School students, coaches and community. The project will allow us to provide:

  • New competition baseball field
    • Dugouts, bullpens, batting cages
    • Backstop/fencing/stadium netting
    • Field lighting, scoreboard, PA system
    • Bleachers
    • New practice infield
  • Support building
  • Basketball court with lighting

What's happening now?

  • Spring 2018 - After meetings with athletics staff, the Champaign Park District, and a community info night (January 31), the project management team reviewed staff and community feedback on design plans and incorporated suggestions. A formal groundbreaking event was held Thursday, May 31, 1:30 p.m., at Spalding Park.

  • Summer 2018Construction is ongoing. Much of the site preparation work is complete.

  • Fall/Winter 2018 - Construction of the concession building and dugouts is ongoing and scheduled to be complete in January 2019. Mechanical and electrical work is nearing completion. Sod for the competition field has been completed. Synthetic turf and field lighting were installed in early October. Miscellaneous concrete and fencing work is happening throughout. 

  • Winter 2019 - Construction of the concession building is substantially complete. Dugouts, miscellaneous concrete and fencing work is ongoing. 

  • Spring 2019 - Work on fencing and the warning track is ongoing. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held March 11, which was the first home game of the season. The team is expected to be back on the field April 20 pending sod establishment. Work continues on batting cage structure and seeding.

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What will the changes look like?

The images below show the design and progress as of December 2018. 

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Spalding Park Site PlanSpalding Aerial 2Spalding Park 3Spalding Park 4Spalding Park 5Spalding ParkSpalding ParkSpalding Park turfSpalding Park turf 2Spalding Park turf 3Locker roomDugoutSod
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