Chadron council approves improvements to fairgrounds, baseball field

The Chadron City Council last night approved 3 community betterment projects funded by more than $127,000 from the city's LB-840 economic development sales tax.

One of the 3 projects would replace the bucking chutes and animal pens on the north side of the Dawes County Fairgrounds outdoor arena and upgrade handicapped access to the arena grandstands. County Ag Society president Chadd Arner says the $86,000 project will complete an on-going renovation of the arena by providing handicapped access to the east side of the grandstands as well as the west side.

The other two projects approved by the council involve Maurice Horse Field...home of the Chadron American Legion and Babe Ruth baseball programs.

One...priced at $20,000...replaces the existing dugouts, which are described as in disrepair and too small to seat entire teams. The other replaces the roof over the old rest rooms, adds a new sound system, upgrades the chain link fence with slats, and expands seating with 2 sections of portable bleachers on a concrete pad.

Chadron Youth Baseball president Rolland Sayer says the improvements should increase the chances of Chadron hosting state and district tournaments.

Chadron Parks Superintendent Scott Schremmer says the dugout project won't start until after this summer's seasons.

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