The next sports field project in town is taking shape, and could be complete by the end of the year.
The latest addition to the baseball fields at Monte Vista Middle School, home of the Tracy High Bulldog baseball teams, is a row of four 60-foot poles, which went up last week along West Lowell Avenue. The poles, installed by Judge Netting of Costa Mesa, will hold the nets that will protect parked cars and passing traffic from foul balls coming from the varsity baseball field, which has already seen a full season of Bulldog baseball.
Another similar row of poles just went up along Vallerand Road on the north end of the Monte Vista campus. Those will protect the neighboring shopping center from foul balls coming from the junior varsity field, now under construction in preparation for the spring 2014 baseball season.
Bonny Carter, Tracy Unified School District director of facilities and planning, said the latest $475,000 part of the project, which includes the netting, new backstops and dugouts for the junior varsity field, a scorekeeper’s booth for the varsity field, concrete walkways behind both fields, and irrigation for the junior varsity field, will be done by the end of October.
Carter expects that Diede Construction of Lodi, will put in the concrete walkways behind the backstops in mid-October.
She added that Antonio By Goytia, irrigation specialist with Tracy Unified, is working on irrigation lines and the grass, and will put the finishing touches on the junior varsity field and adjacent practice fields for the freshman team after Diede Construction and Calco of Livermore, the fencing contractor, finish their work.
“Antonio … will be working on those (fields) well into November, December, but we should be ready for the start of the baseball season with both fields,” Carter said.
Also at work this week was Silva Electric Inc. ofTracy, which put in the wiring for the scoreboards. Tracy High’s scoreboard will move to the Monte Vista varsity field, and the scoreboard now at the varsity field will move to the junior varsity field.
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