On April 14, Bee Cave City Council approved a site development plan for Baldwin Sports Park in an annexed portion of land near the residential area of Lake Pointe. (Courtesy of the Town of Bee Cave)
The proposed 26-acre sports complex, located at 2500 Ashley Worth Blvd., Bee Cave, will contain baseball diamonds, batting cages, associated parking, washrooms, concession stands and water quality facilities. .
Bee Cave City Council has so far addressed a number of issues surrounding the park, the most significant of which has been around parking.
At a meeting on September 24, 2019, council voted to ban parking, stopping or standing on Ashley Worth Boulevard which runs alongside the future sports park.
On April 14, city staff briefed council on different facets of the development process so far, from the cutting edge lighting design to the 300 parking spaces that will accompany the complex.
City information indicates that the Baldwin Sports Complex lighting scheme has been certified by the International Dark Sky Association as a community-friendly outdoor sports lighting system.
Council approved the site’s development plan on the condition that the 12 Fields Foundation and Western Hills Little League underwriters pay all pending fees to the city and submit updated tax estimates for various aspects of the development.
Chris Ellis, president of the 12 Fields Foundation, told the board that Baldwin Sports Park has been under construction for about seven years.
“We contacted neighborhoods close to the project… and made sure we understood their concerns,” Ellis said. He added that once the complex opens, a traffic study could provide data justifying a possible traffic light at the entrance to the park.
Estimates from the Town of Bee Cave indicate that the project is expected to require approximately six to 12 months of fundraising and an additional nine to 12 months for construction.