Construction Begins at Toronto Blue Jays Training Complex
The City of Dunedin entered into an agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays in November 2017 for the Toronto Blue Jays to keep their Spring Training and Minor League operations in Dunedin for the next 25 years. In addition, the agreement outlines and provides for renovations to the Dunedin Stadium and the expansion of the Blue Jays Player Development Complex into the Louis A. Vanech Recreation Complex located at 3051 Garrison Road. The details related to the project construction, park amenities and recreational programs at the Player Development Complex are outlined below:
- Project Construction:
Construction at the Louis A. Vanech Recreation Complex is to begin at the end of February. This follows some preliminary field lighting demolition in December. The contractor, Gilbane Building Company, will mobilize onsite mid-February to install perimeter safety fencing and construction trailers. At that time, the Complex will be closed to the public and City staff will begin salvage operations. The new training complex (the Player Development Complex or PDC) includes baseball and agility fields, a new 2-story, approximately 100,000 sq. ft. training center and various outbuildings such as batting tunnels, maintenance structures and irrigation pump house. The entrance to the new PDC will be the existing entrance to the Louis A. Vanech Recreation Complex. View Rendering
Construction traffic is expected to travel from Solon Avenue on the south side of the PDC to Garrison Road. You can expect construction traffic, occasional dust and associated noise. One or more temporary road closures may be necessary during construction. The public will receive advanced notice for any non-emergency closures. Construction is scheduled to take place at the end of February. Hours of operation are from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Saturday. However, extended or early morning hours may be necessary on occasion to address large concrete placements or to recover days lost to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
We apologize in advance for the inconvenience and ask for your understanding during this exciting time. The City of Dunedin, the Toronto Blue Jays and Gilbane Building Company are committed to being good neighbors and to address your concerns in a timely manner should they arise. A project website will be established and contact information will be provided for ongoing communication purposes. (Construction dates and schedule subject to change.)
- Dog Park(s):
Happy Tails Dog Park was built at Louis A. Vanech Recreation Complex in November 2003. The dog park has served the community well for many years; however it will permanently close mid-February.
The City of Dunedin and Achieva Credit Union joined together to expand and bring new improvements to the Achieva Paw Park located at 1659 Virginia Street. Construction for the Paw Park expansion began November and the park is scheduled to reopen in January.
The City of Dunedin Parks & Recreation staff continues to look for and identify a second location for a future, city-owned dog park.
The Vanech Playground will be relocated mid-February to the Dunedin Community Center located at 1920 Pinehurst Road.
- Softball Fields League:
The Adult Softball League program has been discontinued; however, Dunedin softball players have the opportunity to join a league in surrounding cities such as City of Clearwater and City of Oldsmar. Dunedin Parks & Recreation continues to offer youth softball programs through Dunedin Little League.
- Garrison-Jones Elementary School:
City staff has met with the Administration staff of Garrison-Jones Elementary. The school has communicated to the parents through their monthly newsletter that the student drop-off/pick-up area would no longer be available for use and is constructing a new drop off route.
The City of Dunedin, along with the Toronto Blue Jays and Gilbane Building Company, will hold a general public community meeting regarding the Toronto Blue Jays Player Development Complex (PDC) construction process for the residents who live near Louis A. Vanech Recreation Complex who wish to find out more about the project construction and how it may directly affect them. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Dunedin Community Center located at 1920 Pinehurst Road.
For more information, contact Dunedin Parks & Recreation at (727) 812-4531 or visit www.DunedinGov.com.