(March 19, 2016) A growing park for a growing population. On Saturday, Frisco celebrated the $11.2 million expansion of Harold Bacchus Community Park, 13995 Main Street (near Independence).
The third phase of park improvements added five baseball fields at ‘Bacchus’, bringing the total number of baseball fields at the community park to ten.
The dedication celebration was held in conjunction with the Frisco Baseball & Softball Association’s ‘Opening Day’ festivities. Today’s ceremony included a student choral performance by the Frisco-based ‘Liberty Belles’; a ‘pennant cutting’ and a ‘first pitch’ by Will Sowell, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem.
“With Frisco being named ‘Best Place to Raise an Athlete’* and Collin County being named ‘Healthiest County in Texas’**, it’s important we continue to modernize our park system,” said Sowell. “’Bacchus-Phase III’ is a model of how Frisco continues to invest in the city as we grow.
The Frisco Community Development Corporation contributed $9 million to the expansion; while the Frisco Parks and Recreation Advisory Board pitched in more than $2 million to the project.
“Baseball is very popular and the need is real and we are happy to be a part of it,” said Mike Gfeller, Chairman, Frisco Community Development Corporation. “Hopefully, with these fields, we can keep many of our teams from leaving Frisco to compete.”
“Our parks and recreation facilities are designed and created to keep Frisco’s youth engaged in positive activities, as well as building healthy bodies and minds for the benefit of our entire city,” said Bob Clark, Vice Chairman, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Other park improvements include another concession stand, playground, shaded pavilion, more parking and greater access to Independence Parkway, which is designed to improve traffic flow for park patrons.
“This new complex allows recreational baseball to be played from the age of 5 to 18 years old and expands our opportunities to host local, regional, and national youth baseball tournaments in Frisco,” said Ed Taylor, president, FBSA.
Kyle Laferney, Parks Planning Superintendent, and Rick Wieland, Director of Parks and Recreation, credited “partnerships” for the successful development of ‘Bacchus’ Community Park.
The park is named for Harold Bacchus, who was Frisco’s longest serving mayor, 1966 – 1978. His sons Terry, Steve and his wife, Suzie, attended today’s dedication ceremony.
*Men’s Journal (2011); **Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute.