Dallas approves $5 million deal to revamp Reverchon Park baseball field


The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved a nearly $5 million contract to restore the Reverchon Park baseball field.

The $4.96 million contract to Dallas-based Azteca Enterprises LLC covers architectural and engineering design work, as well as construction improvements to the field and grandstand, and adding new bullpens, batting cages, dugouts and other upgrades to bring the facility up to standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The money is coming from $5 million the Dallas Independent School District agreed to give the city last year to revamp the century-old Uptown-area baseball field that has been neglected for years.

The City Council last May agreed to a 30-year deal with the school district to jointly run the baseball field. It sits in the 41-acre Reverchon Park and would be the home field for North Dallas High School.

“This has been a long day coming, and it’s an exciting home run for both North Dallas High School and the residents surrounding the ballpark,” said council member Jesse Moreno, the representative of the city district the park sits in.

He wore a North Dallas High School baseball hat while praising residents and other advocates who publicly opposed previous city plans approved by the City Council in 2018 and 2020 to turn the field over to private developers.

Both deals ended after the investment groups couldn’t come up with the money to turn the grounds into a multi-purpose stadium.

Moreno, who was a member of the city’s Park and Recreation Board when the council approved the separate deals, also was among those who were opposed citing concerns of increased noise, issues with traffic congestion, and other issues.

The city park was established in 1914, and the baseball field debuted in the 1920s but has fallen into disrepair. The grandstand hasn’t been improved since the 1940s, and the bathrooms haven’t been renovated since the late 1970s.

The project is planned in two phases. The first would focus on rebuilding the playing field and starts in May and finishes in October. The second phase would focus on restoring the grandstand and starts in October and finishes in March 2024.

Under the deal with DISD, the city still owns the baseball field and is responsible for general maintenance of the grounds and facilities. The city estimated last year that it would cost around $135,000 a year to maintain the field in maintenance. DISD will have priority over when to use the baseball field.