Golden Park keeps spectators coming after 80 years

Golden Park has seen a number of changes over the years. It went from a wooden stadium to hosting some of baseball's greatest players and even the 1996 Olympic Softball games.

It has been almost three years since the last minor league baseball team called the diamond home. Sports Council Manager, David Boyd, said while the leagues may be gone the games are still going on.

"We put 120 games on the field last year. There were more actual games coming in the form of travel ball, college tournaments, and things like that, than the minor league team brought in," David Boyd said.

Though the stands may seem empty to local residents, Boyd says a lot of the park's money comes from college games and outside tournaments and championships. It's a new way of generating money for the park.

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

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

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

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

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

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