SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Major renovations are coming to Tinsley Park in Bossier City.
The $14 million dollar project is part of the $60 million dollar bond passed by the city.
Tinsley Park currently has 5 baseball/softball fields. Those fields will be converted from grass to turf. The 70 acres of wetlands behind the park will be converted to another 5 turf fields, concession stand, ADA playing field and more parking.
New L.E.D. lighting will also be put in. It will save the city thousands of dollars in lighting and maintenance costs.
The new turf will hopefully prevent games from getting rained out.
City leaders also hope to bring in more tournaments.
The park welcomes a long list of tournaments throughout the year. Last year, it hosted the Dixie World Series.
“We are looking to enhance and expand Tinsley Park due to the growing need to host tournaments on weekends and so forth," explained Bossier City Parks & Recreation Director Clay Bohanan.
Those tournaments are a huge economic boom for Bossier City.
“We’re trying to catch up with other towns of our size that are hosting these great events. We are trying to meet the needs of our local people who have come to us wanting to know why we don’t have something comparable to where they go off and play all the time," said Bohanan.
Construction could get underway sometime this year. It should take 18 months to complete.
The Bossier City Council is in the process of officially designating the bond money for the improvements. It’s on the schedule for Tuesday’s Bossier City Council agenda meeting.