Windstorm leaves Russian Jack dugouts needing fixes
It's remodeling time for Daniel Vernon -- not at his house, but in the dugouts at Cartee Fields.
"The windstorm a few weeks back actually ripped off four of our dugout roofs," said Vernon, who does administrative work for the Anchorage Sports Association but also helps maintain the fields. "They were already in need of updates, so it was only a matter of time."
Dugout roofs for the fields, at Russian Jack Springs Park, are 20 to 30 years old. During games, they shelter players from more than the elements.
"If there's a foul ball, there's no protection for somebody in the dugout if it's in the air," Vernon said.
User fees and donors help cover the dugouts' repair costs, but the work isn't easy.
"The hardest part is making sure your measurements are correct," Vernon said. "They don't have same standard measurements, so while that dugout there has a certain measurement, this one is completely different."
The repairs will run about $2,000.
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