A large chain-link structure has gone up in the last few weeks between the Garfield Community Center and the Medgar Evers Pool, covering what was a small parcel of grass on a hill above the sidewalk.
The recent addition of netting and helpful folks at the parks department have clued us in as to what it actually is: a cage for batting practice. Funded by a $30,000 grant from King County to Seattle Central Little League, it gives 400 young baseball players a new place to refine their swings. It will also be available to the Garfield High School baseball team for their use.
The batting cage adds to other recent improvements to the baseball facilities around the Garfield Community Center, including six new dugouts that were built last year by students at Seattle Vocational Institute.