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$2.4m project ordered for Costa Fields
Next month the outdated and inadequate restroom facilities and concession stand that have served Costa Fields ball complex for decades will be razed and the site made ready for new buildings. It's all part of a $2.41 million renovation project for the Smyrna Park complex approved on Monday by the Ceres City Council.

The council assigned JHK Construction to do the work for $2.35 million. The work includes replacing ballfield lighting on old wooden light with new state-of-the-art lighting on metal poles. Landscaping, electronic scoreboards and all new concession stand equipment are also included. An addition will be made to the storage building on the site.

The project is expected to start on July 5 and be complete in February, just in time for the opening of Ceres Youth Baseball in March. Approximately 1,500 to 2,000 Ceres youth play in the league.

Councilman Chris Vierra said he was happy to see the project moving forward, saying "the council has talked about this project for years." He noted that on some occasions the existing park restroom facilities have backed up sewage.

Vice Mayor Ken Lane asked the contractor to use as many local subcontractors as possible to help the area's economy.

The project is being funded by a bonds issued by the Ceres Redevelopment Agency.

The construction project will be managed by Pacific Design Associates, Inc., at a cost of $48,700. City Engineer Glenn Gebhardt said the city "staff does not have the resources."

due to the "complexity and duration" of the project. About 15 hours per week will be needed to be spent in overseeing the work.