Rockies offer grant for local diamond

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— The Colorado Rockies and southpaw reliever Mike Myers could become players on the local baseball scene.
Myers hasn't been traded to Steamboat, but he is willing to contribute $20,000 to the renovation of Adams Field here, and the Rockies Charitable Trust will match that amount to supply $40,000 to the $70,000 renovation project. Toss in another $20,000 from the Triple Crown sports organization, which brings recreational softball and baseball tournaments to Steamboat, and the city cost would be $10,000.
City Director of Parks, Open Space and Recreation Chris Wilson told City Council Tuesday night that Steamboat does not have a regulation baseball field the fences on its softball fields are too short. The renovation at Adams Field would extend the outfield to near Major League proportions 345 feet down the lines and 390 feet in dead center field.
Parks Supervisor Mike McCannon said the posted distances on the current outfield fences at Adams are 309 feet to left and 314 feet to right field.
"For several years, the (city) staff has explored plans to renovate Adams Ball Field to create the first full-length ball field in Steamboat Springs," Wilson told City Council. "The expanded facility would help meet the needs of local teams as well as Triple Crown and other users."
Wilson added that a regulation field would be of great benefit to the local high school team, which has to travel to Craig to play on a regulation field.
Wilson said the Rockies contacted his office to solicit a grant application from Steamboat. The money would cover installing a new fence at the extended dimensions, moving the ball field lighting, relocating an access road between the outfield and the ski jump outrun, and containing some drainage problems in the area.
There is a catch to the Rockies' offer, though. Wilson said they would require that the ball field be renamed after Myers. The field is currently named for the late philanthropist and owner of Energy Fuels, Bob Adams, who donated money for the original construction of the field. Wilson said he had spoken with Bob Adams son, John Adams, and learned the family would not object to the baseball field being renamed if it would help the community's recreational needs. But City Council balked at the idea of eliminating Adams' name entirely.
Wilson said he had already contacted the Rockies to broach the notion of Adams and Myers sharing the field name. He was told it might be a possibility, but Myers would have to get top billing.
City Council directed Wilson to continue working on the project.
The city would like to install natural grass or artificial turf on the skinned portion of the infield at Adams Field. However, that improvement is not a part of the current proposal.

To reach Tom Ross call 871-4210, or e-mail tomross@amigo.net

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