EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two area sports leagues and a citizen group that want to build a baseball and softball complex are starting fundraising efforts.
On Thursday, the Eau Claire Community Foundation announced the effort to plan and build Jeffers Park. It would have a five-field complex, a playground, pavilion, and trails. The foundation says it would be the first joint boy and girl fields in the city. It would also provide younger ballplayers more league and tournament opportunities. The city had approved the site plan for the fields in 2005, but Parks and Recreation Director Phil Fieber says the city didn't have a group come forward saying it would be willing to raise money for it in exchange for the right to use it. The Eau Claire City Council approved an agreement from the Eau Claire National Little League boys baseball and Eau Claire Fastpitch girls softball groups in December 2013. Fieber believes the foundation will need nearly $300,000 in cash or in-kind donations to build the park.
City Attorney Steve Nick says the park would be on Jeffers Road and West Shorewood Drive, which is north of the North Crossing. The plan would involve the City of Eau Claire and the National Little League and Eau Claire Fastpitch. You can see what those responsibilities entail, and a sketch of the park by clicking on the links on the right side of this story.