By Lauren Ratcliffe
Published Oct. 26, 2011
North Charleston will break ground Thursday on a park and baseball complex off Dorchester Road that will include replicas of three major league parks.
The 48-acre Wescott Park and Sports Complex, to be located behind Fire Station 11, will feature baseball fields, training facilities, sand volleyball courts, green space and other areas to dine outdoors.
Each of the park’s three baseball fields will be scaled-down replicas of major league fields, including the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field, San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park and the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park. The replica of Fenway will even feature the park’s signature “Green Monster” wall in left field.
To train the next big-leaguers, the park will feature a state-of-the-art Ripken training facility, complete with batting cages and pitching mounds. A Ripken Circle, patented by Cal and Bill Ripken also will be featured in the park, allowing for interchangeable bases and home plates to help maximize training areas.
For the non-baseball enthusiast, the park will feature an outdoor amphitheater, flower meadow, hiking and walking trails, volleyball and covered areas to eat and relax.
The park will also be connected to Fort Dorchester Elementary School.