By Sarah Sole
The construction of a Miracle League baseball field can proceed in New Albany after the authorization of a lease agreement with the city and the New Albany-Plain Local Joint Parks District.
New Albany City Council on Nov. 8 approved a resolution authorizing City Manager Joe Stefanov to enter into a lease with the parks district for 5 acres on the north side of Swickard Woods Boulevard.
The lease will cost the parks district a one-time $10 fee, according to city spokesman Scott McAfee.
The parks district then will sublease the land to the New Albany Miracle League. The area will include a baseball field, a handicap-accessible playground, a parking lot and possibly a building that could complement other public uses on Swickard Woods Boulevard, according to an Oct. 31 legislative report to council members.
Under the terms of the lease agreement, the city will be able to approve the development’s design. If the field were not developed, the land would revert to city property.