Mooresville commissioners have allocated $553,935 for design and engineering work for a multi-million upgrade of Moor Park.

During Monday’s town board meeting, Chris Wyckoff, asset management director for the town, outlined a new vision for the historic ballpark, which was built in 1936.

Phase I includes construction of a new natural grass playing surface, restrooms, concessions and a concrete concourse. A preliminary plan calls for a 20-foot-tall fence in centerfield.

In February, during their annual planning retreat, commissioners committed to spending $5 million for phase 1 of the project.

Town staff have been in contact with baseball industry representatives, who said the town’s plans would result in a facility suitable for NCAA baseball and summer wooden bat leagues.

Mayor Chris Carney and several commissioners expressed their enthusiasm for the project and the prospect of bringing a high level of baseball to downtown.

“We’re back in the baseball business,” Carney said. “There’s a lot of interest in it. It’s really exciting.”

Commissioner Gary West called the plan “perfect.”

“It’s part of our history and deserves our respect and attention,” he said.

Town officials expect the design and engineering work to be completed in time for construction to begin in January and be completed by the fall of 2025.

If commissioners provide funding, phase 2 would include a grandstand for spectator seating and a field house.

During Monday’s meeting, commissioners decided it was best to hold off on planning for phase 2 until they identify a partner in the baseball industry.

“We get one shot at it,” Commissioner Eddie Dingler said. “Let’s do it right.”

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