The town of Malta will spend $900,000 this year to install restrooms and concession stands and build two new fields at its athletic complex at the Luther Forest Technology Campus.
The Town Board this week agreed to pay The LA Group of Saratoga Springs as much as $62,500 to design and oversee bidding and construction of the improvements.
The money will pay for a large concession building with bathrooms, a smaller stand near the more-distant fields and two softball or Little League Baseball fields at the Rocket Way complex.
“There will also be a play area for youngsters who may not be participating in the games,” said town Supervisor Paul J. Sausville.
Money for the improvements will come from a recreation fund consisting of fees paid by land developers, Sausville said.
The complex opened last year on land donated by the technology campus and developed using $1 million given to the town for an athletic complex by GlobalFoundries. The complex currently includes two ballfields and two soccer fields.
The original cost of the project was about $1.7 million, with town recreation fees paying what the GlobalFoundries money didn’t cover. However, the original plan relied on the use of portable toilets, and the fields have proven popular enough that the town decided to install permanent restrooms, as well as concession stands. Sausville said the building would also include sheltered decks where players could go when it rains.
The nonprofit Malta Athletic Association handles day-to-day management of the complex, and the association and youth league parents are expected to operate the concession stands.
The fields are also available to youth leagues in the town of Stillwater, since the Luther Forest Technology Campus and GlobalFoundries property sit on the town line.
The latest project is expected to be completed this year.
“It won’t be done by the beginning of the summer, but it will be done this year,” Sausville said.
Enough land will remain for two additional soccer fields and a Babe Ruth baseball field in the future, he said.