Planned upgrades to Foskett Regional Park softball facilities in Lincoln recently received a boost from a $145,000 Placer Valley Tourism grant.
The grant compliments the city of Lincoln’s $375,000 investment in a new, expanded restroom facility at the park. The grant will also add shade structures over the bleachers and dugouts, and new bleachers for expanded spectator seating.
More than 35 sports weekend events are booked per year at the Lincoln park, according to Lincoln economic development manager Shawn Tillman.
Softball is a primary use with frequent tournaments at the regional, state and national levels.
“Foskett already is a top facility with regard to the actual playing field,” said Jeff Dubchansky, the Greater Sacramento Softball Association commissioner and a Placer Valley Tourism Board member. “These improvements will greatly enhance the spectator off-field amenities.”
This funding partnership continues the collaboration between the city of Lincoln and Placer Valley Tourism. In 2015, along with William Jessup University, the organizations committed to a $910,000 investment in McBean Park Stadium. Jessup ‘s baseball program will make McBean its home for the next decade.
“Placer Valley Tourism’s financial support of the improvements at Lincoln’s Foskett Park will generate even greater interest for softball tournaments in Lincoln,” said Lincoln Mayor Spencer Short. “Large, frequent tournaments generate significant tourism dollars that create business opportunities and jobs in our community. We are fortunate to have great partners in Placer Valley Tourism and Greater Sacramento Softball Association to develop first- class facilities for the Lincoln community and beyond.”
The improvements to Foskett Park are expected to be completed by Memorial Day, according to Tillman.