Mountain House Cricket Club member Kevin Anrich said Monday that a new pitch was expected to cost $4,000 and would emulate a pitch in the city of Lathrop.
Players need the new playing strip because a temporary soft clay surface built at Central Community Park in 2012 has deteriorated as a result of poor drainage, Anrich said. The water has softened the surface so much that the club can no longer use it for practices or competition.
The replacement pitch, approved by the board of directors during the regular meeting March 12, will be constructed with compacted clay and gravel and topped with artificial turf, Anrich said.
Mountain House Development Manager Morgan Groover told the board he had reviewed the Lathrop pitch with members of the local club and was pleased with its setup. He said it was a better solution aesthetically and for playability than the club’s earlier proposal.
“I recommend you do something like this,” he said. “The club can pay for it themselves.”
In early January, the club was shot down by the board when members requested $8,000 in community funds to build a permanent concrete pitch in the park.
Groover said March 12 that the club would pay the full cost and that the resolution would be better for all the people who use that field, including soccer and softball teams.
Groover said the only public cost would be for his time to supervise the project, as he expected to get the plans for the pitch free from Lathrop officials. He said the clay from the temporary pitch could be moved to other playing areas in the community.
Directors Steven Gutierrez and Andy Su spoke in favor of the project, which was unanimously approved by the board.
“I think they’ll make it look nice,” Su said.
Anrich said he was happy with the outcome and expected construction to begin in a couple of weeks.
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