THE HISTORY OF RECREATION DISTRICT #1/ PELICAN PARK
How did the park start?
The Board of Commissioners saw the need for the final part of the Master Plan to be built in 2008, it was called Phase 4 and consisted of 6 multi-use practice fields in the back section of the Park. The Silver complex fields have regular turf, sports lights, parking and a pavilion and the Board used reserved funds and future operating funds to complete. (No new taxes to the public)
In 2009, the Park built a 9-station commercial batting cage facility known as “The Cages.” The Cages offered slow and fast pitch softball and baseball at a variety of speeds for all ages and abilities. Unfortunately, due to the high cost and low profit, The Cages closed down in 2021.
In November of 2011, the Board of Commissioners pledged operating money to bond out 4 million dollars for the expansion of the White Pelican Gym. The expansion consisted of two new basketball/volleyball courts adjacent to the original 2 courts. In addition, in 2012 the Park used the remaining funds to pave the Yellow parking lot and the walking pathways in Phase 1 and 2 of the Park.
Recreation means many things for many people. For those that do not participate in our organized youth or adult sports, there is a 1.4 mile, 12 station health trail that runs through the park. This health trail, known as the 4th Ward Recreation Health Trail, was made possible due to donations and the Friends of Pelican Park.
The Park also serves as a large economic generator for the community when events/shows rent the Castine Center as well as when the Park hosts or rents to tournaments in all sports. The Park has hosted many large sport tournaments a year with (50-200 teams) that brought thousands of people to the area for a weekend of sports.