CYSBA officials, who've been concerned with the roadway hazards for several years, met with the School District and Board of Education, and the City of Cherokee, and received approval to proceed with a project that would extend the narrow south to north road accessing the ball fields to exit east onto North Roosevelt Avenue at the north end of the complex.
The proposed plan to make the roadway and parking areas safer for all involved, also includes new steps to the T-Ball Field at the north end, which is now a treacherous, hilly access; new roofs for all eight dugouts and the concession building; new bases and infield clay; and additional safety equipment.
Cost of the total project is an estimated $100,000, and the dedicated CYSBA volunteers continue seeking donations to help cover the cost of such vital improvements to Cherokee's youth recreation facilities.
David Wilberding of Professional Surveying Services in Cherokee donated his time to plan the renovation of the existing road. The dirt work is being done at reduced cost by Lundell Construction of Cherokee.
Those interested can make their donations to CYSBA at Central Bank, 401 W. Main St., Cherokee, Iowa 51012.