Fanning Field to get some upgrades

Fanning Field at Grand Junction High School is getting some much needed upgrades, thanks to a little help.

Friday, Tigers baseball coach Kyle Rush announced Ecana Natural Gas Company made a $12,000 donation to the Fanning Baseball Field Renovation Project.

The project will add a windscreen, a complete remake of the backstop and raising the infield at least three inches.

“We’ve made improvements every year,” said Rush, in his 12th year as coach. “But there comes a point where the money and resources aren’t available, so a company like Encana steps up and helps make everything work out.”

Taylor Fencing is putting in the backstop, which will be much larger than the current one at Fanning Field. Rush said the new backstop provides more safety for everyone who uses the facility.

“In the spring you have lacrosse and peewee football here,” Rush said. “And where they get ready is right by a shed, and we are sending balls over there all the time.”

Clarke and Company is handling the renovation of the infield, which Rush said was a must.

“It was hard to keep (the infield) from settling and it’s starting to affect the way it’s playing,” Rush said. “It’s just a field that gets hammered daily.”

Encana has a field office in Parachute, and Pake Younger, an operations engineer for the company, said a lot of its workforce is from the Grand Valley.

“We like supporting anything we can (in Grand Junction),” Younger said. “Plus, anything that helps develop youth is what we are into.”

Rush said he has plans for future projects to improve Fanning Field, but is excited to complete phase one. Rush said the renovation should take less than two weeks.

“We can go to the perimeter fence and the storage facilities next year,” Rush said. “But for the time being we are happy to have this money to help us complete these goals and projects.”


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