Riverton residents petition for baseball diamonds

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jul 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-13 23:49:10-04

RIVERTON, Utah – Some Riverton City residents are upset after the city demolished a popular baseball field earlier this month in preparation for park renovations.

One of those residents has started a petition to include baseball diamonds in the new park’s plan.

Baseball player Brayden Taylor said he was sad to see the fields demolished.

“It kind of hurts my insides because it’s the first fields I ever played on in my entire life,” he said.

Teveka Melanson’s son used to play baseball at Riverton’s main park, but it was torn down on July 5—one month earlier than scheduled. The demolition is being done to make way for a new passive park the city hopes to complete by 2015.

Melanson encouraged residents to sign her petition Saturday, which challenges the city to have an open vote about the city park.

“Everyone is for a brand new park and upgrading this park,” she said. “Everyone. On both sides. We just want to make sure everyone is included, including the baseball fields.”

The petition is only open to Riverton voters, and it must have 4,000 valid signatures to be considered. A council meeting is being held Tuesday.

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