Baseball Field Construction

Posted June 25, 2019 at 5:47 am by

Work to com­plete one more ath­let­ic field – this one for base­ball — got under way on June 10 at the John O. Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Park by Mike Carl­son Construction.

The San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion is over­see­ing the work through an over­sight com­mit­tee , Island Rec direc­tor Mad­die Ovenell said. Island Rec oper­ates and main­tains the park through an arrange­ment with the school dis­trict which owns the land.

The cost of the work has been cov­ered by an anony­mous gift to the Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion, accord­ing to Car­rie Unping­co, the Foundation’s exec­u­tive director.

“Mike Carl­son and his crew are doing such a fan­tas­tic job and are not wast­ing a minute,” Unping­co said.

The 30-acre park has been devel­oped in stages, as financ­ing has become avail­able. The oth­er fields already com­plet­ed are for soft­ball, soc­cer, and one foot­bal­l/­mul­ti-pur­pose field.

Over the years an anony­mous donor has giv­en the mon­ey for devel­op­ment and con­struc­tion at the park through the Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion. Oper­a­tion and main­te­nance are cov­ered by an Island Rec levy approved by the vot­ers every six years.

 In addi­tion to the ath­let­ic fields, there is a children’s play­ground and an 8‑foot-wide paved perime­ter trail.

Island Rec will take over the oper­a­tions and main­te­nance of the facil­i­ty once con­struc­tion is com­plet­ed, Ovenell said.

The park was ded­i­cat­ed in 2017 and named for long-time res­i­dent John O. Linde who was an ardent fan of youth sports, as well as an attor­ney and Dis­trict Court Judge and lat­er Supe­ri­or Court judge. He was a key play­er in the ear­ly devel­op­ment of the park. Linde died while swim­ming in Hawaii in 2009.

By Louise Dustrude

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