Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Complex-Ities of Ballfield Design

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Complex-Ities of Ballfield Design

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Planning and designing a ballfield complex for team sports activities and leagues is an art form. Whether the sole attraction or a component of a larger community park, ballfields present certain challenges, including size and neighbors' concerns about potential noise, night lighting, and traffic problems. In many cases, citizens actually oppose the construction of ballfields, making the art of negotiation a vital part of the design and planning process.

In Colorado, fourplex ballfields-which tend toward adult sport complexes that include recreation fields and tournament facilities for baseball and softball, combined with concessions and storage space for maintenance equipment - have been growing in popularity since the mid-1980s. Team sports leagues are popular here, and towns often compete for tournaments, which draw visitors to local motels and restaurants, pumping up local economies.

Design Concepts, a landscape architecture and planning firm based in Lafayette, Colo., specializes in planning and designing multiplex team sports facilities. Its recent projects include:

An award-winning baseball/softball fourplex in Westminster, which was inspired by Coors Field, home of Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies.

The Challenger Regional Park ballfields in Douglas County, with three ballfields, four soccer fields, canopied picnic areas, and a plaza and concession building.

A major ballfield complex, including a concession building, for booming Brighton, north of Denver. …

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