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Work to begin on renovations at Carnegie's Chioda Field

| Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, 8:45 p.m.

Baseball and softball season won't begin until May, but the Carnegie Youth Athletic Association is making improvements right now as part of its preparation.

Work is scheduled to begin in early January on renovations at Chioda Field, league president Bob Heinrich said.

The renovations include tearing down a storage facility at the field, along with the construction of two dugouts.

“Everything has to take place in January, February, March and April,” Heinrich said. “We start in May, and everything has to be ready to go.”

Heinrich said the storage facility — which houses the league's equipment and items for the concession stand, along with an announcing booth and the scoreboard — had become unsafe because the foundation began to give away.

Carnegie Public Works will tear down the building and dig and pour the footer for the new foundation, and organization volunteers will rebuild the structure. Heinrich said the electrical line goes into the building, so that will have to be moved first.

Council vice president Pat Catena said the borough earmarked money in 2011 for the repairs and renovations. He said the preliminary cost was estimated between $30,000 and $40,000, but the actual cost could end up lower.

“We thought it was very important to make sure that the children had a safe shelter, and we wanted to provide them something,” Catena said.

Heinrich said the dugouts were starting to bow, and their location in the middle of the bleachers made it hard for spectators to see.

“We're going to do more of a transparency look and build them out of cyclone fence with just a roof on it so you'll be able to see straight through,” he said.

The league currently is holding winter conditioning, and Heinrich said he anticipates as many as 350 players combined between baseball and softball in 2013.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-8527 or dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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