The Gardendale City Council voted to rescind the prior resolution that approved creating a new 12 person baseball and softball board for the new Bill Noble Park. Applications for the board were already underway since June 1st and were scheduled to be open through June 30th, with the City Council vetting and then appointing the new board in July.
After discussion with John Sparks, Vice-President of The Sports Facilities Companies, the firm hired by the City to manage the new Bill Noble Park, Mayor Stan Hogeland said at the council meeting that he now believes the baseball and softball board can operate better as separate boards as they have been.
The Sports Facilities Companies manages parks and facilities throughout the United States, including Sand Mountain Park in Albertville and the Hoover Met Complex in Hoover.
The Mayor told those in attendance at the meeting that he would personally be reaching out to those who had already submitted applications to serve on the new park board to let them know there will no longer be a new, combined board.
The Mayor also noted that he has called a meeting for next Wednesday and invited members of the existing baseball and softball boards to come in and meet with John Sparks.