Euharlee hits a homer with Joe Cowan Park
by Neil McGahee
Oct 02, 2013 | 1857 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A travel baseball tournament, the first event held at Joe Cowan Park, brought glowing reviews from all concerned, Parks and Recreation director Mark Mathison told the Euharlee City Council.

“Parkwood Sports on West Avenue hosted a travel baseball tournament and attracted 32 teams from as far away as Gwinnett, Floyd, Cobb, Paulding and Gordon counties,” Mathison told the council. “More than 900 spectators attended on Saturday and 1,200 came on Sunday. We brought in more than $5,000 in concessions and entry fees. Everything just went flawlessly.”

Mathison said he heard only effusive praise for the new facility.

“Everything was positive,” he said. “Not only how nice the park is, but how well the tournament was organized.”

Mathison also said that representatives of Perfect Game, which bills itself as the world’s largest baseball scouting service, were in attendance.

“They will be moving to the LakePoint sports complex and all their scouts will be in a central location,” he said. “The scouts use these travel ball tournaments to evaluate college and professional prospects. They are already using the fields at Cartersville and Cass high schools for travel ball tournaments and they want use Cowan Park, too.”

Mathison told council that the calendar is already filling up with the girl’s Region 6A high school softball tournament scheduled for Oct. 5-6 and Parkwood Sports will be hosting another travel ball tournament the next weekend.

“I anticipate that we will be booked every weekend from February through August,” he said.

Mathison introduced Woodland Middle School athletic director Ryan Satterfield who told the council that the planned $5,400 resurfacing of the tennis courts at Osborne Park would be more beneficial to the school than using the new courts at Cowan.

Satterfield said the Osborne Park courts are adjacent to the school and the students can access the courts without having to cross any thoroughfares.

“Our biggest concern is the safety of our children when moving the students from the school to the new tennis courts,” Satterfield said. “Transportation is also a problem in that the tennis coach isn’t certified to drive a school bus and other coaches or faculty members that are certified may have other obligations.”

Mathison also told the council that the Osborne softball and baseball fields were in desperate need of major repairs to avoid further erosion problems.

“A short-term fix would cost $22,732,” he said, “and a long-term solution would cost $114,020.”

Council voted to approve the tennis court resurfacing and the short-term fix for the ball fields.

The council rejected a proposal to erect traffic signals on Euharlee Road in the vicinity of Euharlee Elementary and Woodland Middle at Euharlee schools due to the high cost. Police Chief Terry Harget said each light would cost between $120,000 and $250,000 for purchase and installation and $5,000 a year per light for maintenance and power.

In other business, council;

• approved a bid to remodel the vandalized Osborne Park restrooms.

• approved $112,672 for phase 1 of the Five Forks Road improvement project.

• approved a proclamation declaring Oct. 23-31 as Red Ribbon Week, a nationally recognized effort to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs.

• approved a hike in insurance premiums to include adequate coverage for Joe Cowan Park.

The Euharlee City council will meet for a work session on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at city hall.