Pennington Park Baseball Field #6

Ball field construction completed under a year, in time to host 2018 Youth World Series

Winner of a 2019 ACEC/NC Engineering Excellence Honors Award

For the fourth time in the history of Dixie Youth Baseball, the league’s World Series came to the Tar Heel State in August of 2018. Over the two weeks of the tournament, more than 700 players came to the City of Lumberton representing 60 teams from across 11 states. But the road to such a successful tournament was not an easy one for the City and its Parks and Recreation staff, as the League’s strict guidelines required that fields be updated, facilities improved, and an entirely new field designed and constructed to provide enough capacity to host so many games at once.

“There was a period of time where we thought that we just can’t do it,” Tim Locklear, President of the Lumberton Youth Baseball Association (LYBA) said. In August of 2017, The Wooten Company was selected to ensure that the new field would be ready. The site selected was an uncleared wooded area adjacent to the existing complex, and the effort began with a complete topographic and boundary survey of the 7.5 acre site. Ultimately the overgrown site would become home to a ball field with a 300-foot fence, an access road for maintenance equipment, lighting, a scoreboard, bleachers, under drainage and an irrigation system.

The challenge in this project, though, was not the design of the ball field and its associated site needs, but rather the one year deadline for not only construction to be complete, but for the sod to be established enough to handle two weeks of sustained abuse during the tournament. The Wooten Company’s site-civil team moved immediately into the design phase after surveys were completed so that all necessary permitting could be submitted as soon as possible and the project could move into construction.

In addition to the field survey and site investigations, site layout and design plans, The Wooten Company provided: Detailed project specifications; Applications for project permitting;Bidding and negotiation (assisted in advertising for bids, holding the pre-bid conference, assisting with bids, evaluating bids and making recommendation of award, preparing contract documents, conducting pre-construction conference, issuing notices to proceed and beginning construction);And Construction phase services (construction contract administration, full-time construction observation, progress reports and final inspections and record drawings/project closeout).

After a year of intensive work by both the design team and the City staff, the Pennington Athletic Complex Field #6 was not only completed on time, but two weeks early, giving the sod even greater opportunity to establish itself and prepare for the Dixie Youth World Series. Designed to spur economic development and earn a return on investment, successfully hosting the 2018 Dixie Youth World Series earned the City of Lumberton an additional $2-$3 million in economic impact over the two weeks it took place.