The city of O’Fallon and St. Louis Ballfields and Turf have installed a new warning track composed of crushed granite stones at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, the home of the River City Rascals.The city of O’Fallon and St. Louis Ballfields and Turf have installed a new warning track composed of crushed granite stones at T.R. Hughes Ballpark, the home of the River City Rascals (independent; Frontier League).
The old track had washed out over the years, creating safety concerns and an unappealing look at the ballpark.
“The track was about two inches below the grass playing surface so we’ve added the crushed granite to level the lip and make it safer around the outfield and in foul territory," said St. Louis Ballfields and Turf owner Chris Young. "I also began the process of burning off the cool season rye grass to make room for the quick stand Bermuda, and the addition of the new track will give the field a more appealing look as the season progresses.”
Ten trucks of crushed granite stone were dumped on the track yesterday and the leveling process was begun immediately by grading and watering which will help the new surface settle. The final process will include rolling the track prior to game time with the hopes of a final grade within the next two weeks.
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