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Augusta ballpark back in play?

Augusta GreenJacketsDespite an overwhelming lack of enthusiasm among city voters for financing a new Augusta GreenJackets (Low Class A; Sally League) ballpark, the issue will once again be discussed at an Augusta Commission meeting Tuesday.

There’s not been much traction on a proposal to build a new downtown ballpark on a 17-acre parcel to replace Lake Olmstead Stadium, as both a developer (Jacoby Development) and GreenJackets owner Ripken Baseball were interested in investing in the project, along with some public participation. However, there was little political support for the project aside from Mayor Deke Copenhaver, and a Democratic referendum last summer indicated strong opposition to public funds for a new ballpark. A complicating factor: the state, not the city, controls the land and hasn’t shown much inclination to sign over control.

Still, the topic will be discussed Tuesday.


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