NEEDS TO COME DOWN • The grandstand at the ball diamond in Levan Town Park is not structurally sound and needs to come down, said a structural engineer. The grandstand was built in 1937.
By Rebecca Dopp
A beloved icon in the town of Levan will have to be torn down, said a structural engineer from Jones and DeMille Engineering, Richfield. The baseball grandstand at the town park is not structurally sound and the engineer recommended that the town not try to repair or refurbish it.
Kary Monroe, representing Jones and DeMille, read the report from the structural engineer: "I wouldn't recommend they try to rebuild or refurbish it. The roof and some of the walls have been damaged enough from wind storms that it is no longer safe to be in and could partially collapse in the next big wind storm or snowfall. Several of the main support columns were rotted and not very sound. I told Jason [Worwood, town employee] my recommendations would be to tear it down and put up an aluminum one with similar roof structure for shade. We've done one similar in the past, holds 180 people, for around $75,000. You'd be way more than that if you tried to fix the existing one."
Brent Taylor, council member, said there was no way to bring the existing grandstand up to code, so they would need to do something. He asked that Monroe give the council an official report, stating what the structural engineer said, for the town to see.
"We are of the same thoughts as you, but we wanted someone of importance to put it on their letterhead," he said.
Taylor said the town did not want the liability to have people in the grandstand when it fell down.
Monroe said he remembered playing baseball at the Levan ball field when he was younger. Monroe is from Scipio.
According to "A History of Levan", on June 10, 1937, Levan Town purchased eight acres of land along the north side of town. This was converted into a city park. Through W.P.A (Works Project Administration), a substantial fence was built around the property, a baseball diamond was laid out, bleachers and "dug-outs" were built, lawn planted, and some playground equipment was installed.
"It's kind of an icon in town," said Jilean Ercanbrack, council member. "It will be a sad day when it comes down."