The new complex will sit just upriver and adjacent to the existing baseball complex, architect Ace Torre told the city’s Neighborhood Conservation District Advisory Committee on Monday. It will require demolition of an old, concrete block restroom building on the site, Torre said, which is why the project requires approval from the city’s committee.
The complex will have a number of elements, including a new playground and a new pavilion with concession stands, bathrooms, and a meeting area for teams, said John Payne, who has worked on the project with the Carrollton Boosters. The sports field itself will be designed for soccer, lacrosse and flag football, and will have seating in stands surrounding it, Payne said.
The new complex will be linked to the baseball fields by a tree-covered walkway that will largely replace the pockmarked driveway that currently separates the baseball area from the green space, Payne said. Parking will be reconfigured as well, unifying the entire sports area with a more recognizable entryway, he said.
“What the Carrollton Boosters did with the baseball area — this will just continue building that out and making it a really great park for kids to play in for years to come,” Payne said.
The sculpture currently in the center of the green space will be returned to the original artist, Torre told city officials. None of the current baseball complex or its concessions area will be removed, Torre assured the committee — only the squat little free-standing bathroom building that Torre estimated was built in the 1970s.
“It’s no big loss,” Torre said of the building. “It’s non-ADA compliant. It’s got everything against it.”
The official name for the new complex is still being finalized, Payne said, and will be announced soon. Individual elements such as the pavilion will also have their own story, he said.
Construction documents included in the demolition application described the cost of the project as $3.4 million, and it is expected to take nine months after construction begins. The demolition of the old restroom must still be approved by the New Orleans City Council, and also requires final approval from levee officials, Torre said.