The Community Facility Advisory Board is looking into the possibility of putting up electronic signs with event schedules and advertising opportunities at four attractions around town.

    The CFAB decided Thursday to include $60,000 for an electronic sign at the Legends Park softball complex in the board's operating budget for 2009, City Clerk Nannette Pogue said Monday. Funding for similar signs at Dodge City Raceway Park, the St. Mary soccer complex and the Civic Center has not been determined yet, but it will also be part of next year's budget.

    Dodge City Commissioner Rick Sowers, who represents the commission on the  CFAB, said the board asked city staff to research possible designs and generate cost estimates for electronic signs at those facilities. He added that the signs would be similar to the full-color signs at the A & W and the Sonic Drive-in.


The Community Facility Advisory Board is looking into the possibility of putting up electronic signs with event schedules and advertising opportunities at four attractions around town.
    The CFAB decided Thursday to include $60,000 for an electronic sign at the Legends Park softball complex in the board's operating budget for 2009, City Clerk Nannette Pogue said Monday. Funding for similar signs at Dodge City Raceway Park, the St. Mary soccer complex and the Civic Center has not been determined yet, but it will also be part of next year's budget.
    Dodge City Commissioner Rick Sowers, who represents the commission on the  CFAB, said the board asked city staff to research possible designs and generate cost estimates for electronic signs at those facilities. He added that the signs would be similar to the full-color signs at the A & W and the Sonic Drive-in.
    "All the 'Why Not Dodge' projects, basically, are lacking some really good signs," he said.
    He added that some of the signs may be less elaborate than the one at Legends Park.
    In other business, the CFAB learned that architects are studying the Cavalier Field complex and will be bringing some designs and cost estimates for shade covers to the board, possibly at the October meeting.
    "The shades for Cavalier would be much like what's going on over at Legends Park but would need to be something that needs to be engineered because of the way the designs of the facilities are," Sowers said. "They're a little bit different than what the Legends Park design is."
    He said the Cavalier shade covers would provide shade for the stands and would be made of the same kind of material as the covers at Legends Park. He added that the CFAB does not yet have a cost estimate for that project, which would be included in the 2009 budget.
    Restrooms at Cavalier Field, which were funded in the CFAB's 2008 budget, are currently under construction and should be completed by the spring of 2009. The restrooms would serve not only Cavalier Field but the surrounding field sports facilities as well.
    A project to extend the decorative fence at Cavalier Field up to the facility would cost about $10,831 and will also be financed in the 2008 budget.
    The board has budgeted $125,000 for the overall Cavalier Field project, whose price tag is currently estimated at about $119,300, Sowers said.

Reach Eric Swanson at (620) 408-9917 or e-mail him at eric.swanson@dodgeglobe.com.