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Extra Quimby Funds? Build Batting Cages

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, February 21, 2008, at 03:01PM
Bunting in the Cage Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Zach Behrens, editor of LAist, squares up for a bunt in the Sherman Oaks batting cages.

City Controller Laura Chick released her audit of Rec and Parks' Quimby Fee usage today (available as a 31 page PDF). Her office finds that the program has an unspent balance of $112 million, and that there's little plan for how to use those monies.

I've got a suggestion for how to spend just a little bit of that balance: build some batting cages in Elysian Park.

Last night I met up with Zach Behrens of LAist at the Sherman Oaks Castle Park, a city-owned facility that includes three miniature golf courses, batting cages and an arcade. It's a great facility with amazing hours (closing times run from 11pm to 1am), but why couldn't the city do something at least partially similar closer to Downtown?

Elysian Fields, the baseball facility at the top of Elysian Park, is home to the Northeast Little League and has a view overlooking Dodger Stadium. Add in some batting cages and some way to get up the hill via transit and you've got a winner.

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