Northwood has completed repairs to a new baseball diamond in Brentwood Park that has been unused because of drainage problems.
The diamond is one of two that were built last fall.
The contractor, Ohio Excavating, had used a top layer of impervious blue clay on the diamond during its construction. As a result, the infield was repeatedly flooded after it rained.
The blue clay had been on site as part of the excavation of the adjacent Miracle League baseball diamond when it was constructed and was mixed with topsoil for the new diamond to save money.
Last week, Ohio Excavating trucked in stone to grade the infield, according to Administrator Pat Bacon, who has gone out to the park frequently to check the condition of the diamond.
“A trench was dug around the ball diamond, on the outside of the bases,” said Bacon. “They put in a drainage pipe, then put stones on top of that, then dirt on top of that.”
The stone was graded along the slope from the pitcher’s mound to the infield, she said, to improve drainage.
“They brought in stone and gravel and brought the diamond up to grade per the requirements of the ball commissioner,” she said. The project was delayed after Ohio Excavating went to work on a job in Toledo.
“Now, when it rains, it doesn’t stay on the infield. It runs to where the drainage tiles are. The neighborhoods are not flooding,” she said. “It’s a long way to the homes.”
Although the city had wanted to have the blue clay removed, she said the city engineer determined it would be too labor intensive and expensive.
“The contractor would not have done that without being paid for it,” she said.
It cost the city approximately $160,000 to build the new diamonds, she said.
Baseball games were not impacted by the unused diamond, she said, as a result of the flooding problem.
“They played on all the other diamonds. Obviously, come spring, they’ll be playing on these diamonds,” she said.