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Posted at 3:40 PM ET, 12/10/2010

GU, Alexandria discuss new ballfields

By Christy Goodman

Alexandria and Georgetown University have been discussing the possibility of partnering on new baseball and softball fields near Four Mile Run.

"We are very excited in the city about the possibility of creating this public-private partnership. This is a new way localities need to look to do business," Fannon said.

Georgetown would put up capital costs to redo the existing fields next to Cora Kelly Elementary School, and in exchange, the city would provide a multi-year lease to the university, said council member Frank H. Fannon IV.

"We are always exploring options that could enhance the student-athlete experience and build efficiencies into our operations in order to provide competitive athletic programs," said Lee Reed, director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Georgetown University, in a statement. "There are no specific plans, timetables or commitments to move forward at this time, but we will continue to explore opportunities appropriately in order to best meet our needs."

Georgetown's home baseball and softball games are currently played on fields in Bethesda and Rockville.

The Alexandria Aces, a collegiate summer league baseball team, and Bishop Ireton High School use the fields at Four Mile Run.

Between 1978 and 1983, the minor league Alexandria Dukes used the fields before they moved to Prince William County and became the Cannons, said Fannon, who used to attend games at the fields as a child.

The city is working on plans to build a new softball field and other sports fields at Witter Sports Complex off Duke Street, using money from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project Fund. Following that project, the softball field at Armistead L. Booth Park will be converted into a baseball diamond, Fannon said. If successful, the Georgetown University project would come online after those fields as early as spring 2014, he said.

A community meeting is being held by the Youth Sports Advisory Board on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Mount Vernon Elementary School at 2601 Commonwealth Ave. in Del Ray.

By Christy Goodman  | December 10, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
 
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