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Golden Park keeps spectators coming after 80 years

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

GoldenPark has seen a number of changes over the years. It went from a wooden stadiumto hosting some of baseball's greatest players and even the 1996 OlympicSoftball games.

It has been almost three yearssince the last minor league baseball team called the diamond home. Sports CouncilManager, David Boyd, said while the leagues may be gone the games are stillgoing on.

"We put 120 games on thefield last year. There were more actual games coming in the form of travelball, college tournaments, and things like that, than the minor league teambrought in," David Boyd said.

Though the stands may seemempty to local residents, Boyd says a lot of the park's money comes fromcollege games and outside tournaments and championships. It's a new way ofgenerating money for the park.

"This park is generatingabout a little over a million dollars, which I know of right now. We arebringing money into our community," Boyd said.

According to Parks andRecreation Director, James Worsley, it costs about $155,000 to operate  Golden Park each year.

In 2008, there were severalcomplaints from minor league team managers that the facilities at Golden Parkwere not in the best of shape. Boyd said the park is constantly maintained. Healso added as of right now, there are no plans to bring another minor leagueteam to Golden Park.

"There is so much going onhere that people don't really realize; it's a jewel in the South CommonsComplex," Boyd said.

While most of the games arefrom visitors, Boyd remarked he welcomes local community involvement and hopesto see more at Golden Park in the near future. 

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