Princeton, La. - Baseball and softball season is here for area schools and the future stars have begun practicing to prepare for the upcoming Little League and Dixie seasons.
At the Lawson Bo Brandon Sports Complex in Princeton, the new season will begin with four new playing fields to help relieve congestion for teams and a brand new asphalt walkway joining the two sections of the park’s eight-field design.
“This will be the first year the north complex will be open for play,” said Warren Saucier, supervisor of the Bossier Parish Police Jury’s recreation department. “The four fields have good grass coverage and the infield dirt work is finished and ready. The fields are looking good.”
“We take great pride in the upkeep of the fields and facilities at Lawson Bo Brandon,” said Charles McHenry, president of Haughton Athletics. “That tradition will continue with the new north side of the complex opening up.”
With the addition of the four fields on the north side, schedules which had been crowded will now be more flexible, Saucier said.
“In the past, we played at least four dates each week and that did not include make-up games,” he said. “Now, parents and players can get an additional day off without creating problems with the schedule.”
“It’s great to see all the hard work done by the parish and our board of directors come to reality,” said McHenry. “Being able to spread all our games across eight fields will be a huge benefit to our parents and patrons. I’m very proud to be a part of it all.”
More fields also mean opportunities for additional action at the Lawson Bo Brandon complex.
“More fields means we can have tournaments with a large number of teams here, and we can host district tournaments for our league,” Saucier said.
Parish highway department workers recently completed an asphalt walkway joining the two sets of fields and Saucier said fans and players will see the benefits of the new path.
“It has two real benefits: first, it provides a smooth walking surface across the parking lot and second, it really makes it much easier for elderly fans and handicapped persons to access the parks. This surface is much, much better for walkers or wheelchairs,” he said.
In addition to the new walking path, designated handicapped parking spaces adjoining the walkway have been added.
Also, Saucier said, the Lawson Bo Brandon parents’ committee has placed a portable building at the new north complex to serve as a concession stand and storage facility.
“We’ve got a really nice facility out here,” he said. “I know the people are proud of it.”
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