Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Fruit Cove Sports Complexes under Construction Mills Field Project Due for Completion in June

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Fruit Cove Sports Complexes under Construction Mills Field Project Due for Completion in June

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Two long-awaited sports complexes on Race Track Road in Fruit

Cove are under construction now.

Four new baseball fields set for W.E. Mills Sr. Field on Race

Track Road should be started this week, while crews began

clearing land for the 26acre Bishop Estates Park just east of

Mills Field last week.

St. Johns County recreation department director Leon Shimer

said the Mills Field project's planned October start was delayed

by permitting problems. But if everything goes as planned, the

new fields should be operating by June.

"We had to transfer funds into the project and scaled down the

project. We eliminated some grass and landscaping and will come

back in and do that inhouse," Shimer said. "I hate to see things

delayed, but that is the way some things work."

Overcrowded now, an average of 100 new families regularly sign

up for baseball, soccer and flag football activities at the

field each season. So after months of delays, the promise of new

baseball fields to accommodate the more than 1,000 children now

using the field with the Julington Creek Athletic Association is

good news for association President Teresa Redmon.

"As soon as they can start it and finish it, we will be

thrilled. June gives us the summer to grow the grass, then take

advantage of it in the fall," she said. "That will also give us

a lot of room for Pop Warner football. I will be happy to see it

start."

Mills Field has five baseball fields, four tennis courts and

two playgrounds. A $100,000 state grant, plus $50,000 in impact

fees approved by the St. Johns County Commission in 1995 will

pay for four more baseball fields and more parking on an

adjacent 10-acre site.

The project was initially scheduled to be started in October.

But Shimer said problems getting the St. Johns River Water

Management District to approve permits for the project ate up

time. Then residents learned that a statemandated drainage pond

would have to be built where the existing complex's fifth field

is. …

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