Recreation Complex hosting flag football, fall baseball

Baseball and softball seasons may be winding down but other activities are in full swing at the El Dorado-Union County Recreation Complex.

Flag football got underway over the weekend at the complex and will run through Nov. 4, said Greg Harrison, chairman of the EUCRC Commission.

The complex is home to eight softball and baseball fields and two soccer fields that are also used for flag football and Pee Wee football practices.

During an EUCRCC meeting on Oct. 6, Harrison noted that the flag football season will wrap a couple of weeks ahead of the duck-hunting phase of the 2023-2024 Arkansas Water Fowl seasons.

He reported that two baseball tournaments and one softball tournament remain on the complex's schedule for the year.

A one-day baseball tournament is set for Saturday and the USAAA (The United States Specialty Sports Association)-sanctioned Halloween Havoc weekend tournament is set for Oct. 28 and 29.

Taking place between the pair of events is a fast-pitch softball tournament, presented by 25 Star Promotions, on Oct. 21.

The fall baseball league began Sept. 5 and will conclude on Oct. 17.

The league is run by recreation complex commissioner and tournament director Keith Smith, who is also presenting the baseball tournament on Saturday.

Commissioner Phillip Lansdell said a high-school Eagle Scout project to re-stripe a section of the complex's parking lot is planned for Oct. 21.

The aim of the community-service project is to clearly delineate accessible parking spaces, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lansdell said.

Commissioners also discussed other maintenance projects at the complex, including recent efforts to address washouts and holes on fields 5, 6 and 7.

George Cotterman -- athletic director of the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado, who manages the complex under a contract with the city -- said dirt has been applied to fill in areas that have been breached by heavy rains.

"We still have a washout issue on field 8," Cotterman said.

Harrison said a low-lying area on field 8, which is on the south side of the complex, extends toward the southwest section of the field.

"The city put down some concrete to keep it level and to try to hold that dirt so it won't wash out and create holes," Harrison said, adding that area is near the site of a proposed easement for PotlatchDeltic, who has donated just south of the complex to be used for future expansion of the facility.

El Dorado City Council Member David Hurst also said that work is needed to contend with standing pools of water near the entrance into the north fields.

Harrison and Commissioner Chris Nale said that within the past two years, the city has graded and leveled the ground in the area and installed three French drains to address the issue.

Hurst said the issue persists and the water extends toward the north concession stand.

Nale suggested more ground-leveling work and the pouring of concrete to create a "crown" that will allow the water to run off the sidewalk and into the French drains.

Cotterman said similar work is needed near the baseline of the dugouts on fields 1 and 2.

Audience member and former EUCRCC chairman John Turbeville said a culvert near the soccer fields had been clogged with mud and debris, creating another standing-water issue.

Cotterman said crews recently worked to fix the problem.

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