Gilbert, AZ 85234
(West of Power Rd, on Elliot)
This park is currently closed for repairs.
On July 7, 2017, Elliot District Park, operated by Big League Dreams (BLD), was temporarily closed to allow Gilbert Parks and Recreation to undertake approximately $11.6M in improvements to the facility.
Several years after Elliot District Park opened, the Town was notified of a personal injury claim relating to several issues with the original construction of the facility. The injury had occurred six months earlier, but BLD had failed to inform the Town of the injury or of any problems with the facility. Subsequent investigation revealed shortcomings with several components and aspects of construction that required remediation.
In 2014-15, the Town completed temporary repairs to the facility to ensure it was safe for continued use while we prepared for major improvements of a more permanent nature. During this time, the Town also took action to pursue compensation from the construction company for shortcomings in the original construction.
The Town notified BLD over a year ago about our plans to close the park this summer/ fall 2017 to conduct more permanent repairs. Since that notice, the Town has considered other options, including a partial closure to conduct repairs in phases. Unfortunately, the phased approach is prohibitively expensive and still presents an unacceptable safety risk to the public.
We are making every effort to reopen Elliot District Park as soon as possible. As of now, the park is scheduled to reopen in early 2019.
In the Media
- East Valley Tribune: Big League Dreams, Gilbert disagree over safety report
- East Valley Tribune: Big League Dreams seeks compromise with Gilbert over closed stadiums
- The Arizona Republic: Big League Dreams to Gilbert: There are no safety concerns at ballpark
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are these repairs needed?
During the course of the design planning phase for park repairs, additional safety issues with the structural integrity of the outfield aesthetic grandstands were discovered, which has necessitated the immediate closure of the park out of an abundance of caution for the safety of park users. Shortcomings with the wall anchoring system have made the walls susceptible to movement – especially in windy conditions. You can review the original inspection report as well as a second opinion report from structural engineers here. With the imminent start of monsoon season, the Town is acting to protect the safety of our citizens.
ow will the Town pay for these repairs?
Funds for the park improvements will come from the proceeds of a settlement agreement that the Town reached with regard to construction issues when the park was originally built in 2007. The Town is also seeking monetary reimbursement from BLD for necessary repairs due to deferred maintenance and due to BLD’s contractual obligations to keep the park in a “first class” condition.
How can Gilbert close this park?
Elliot District Park is a public park owned by the Town. According to Municipal Code Section 46-32a, the parks and recreation director may temporarily close any part of a town recreation facility or riparian preserve for performance of routine maintenance or preparation for a reserved use, or when deemed necessary to protect public safety, property or wildlife. Notice shall be posted when an area has been closed.
Why was the park closed without notice to the public?
The Town notified BLD about these safety issues in May, and asked BLD to address them in a timely manner. Unfortunately, BLD failed to do so and, because of the monsoon season and the threat of high winds, the Town was forced to take immediate action to protect the public.
Will the Town allow BLD to bring in their own engineer?
In April, BLD filed a lawsuit against the Town, and the Town then filed a countersuit against BLD. The Town and BLD currently are working under a process adopted by the court and is open to BLD having its own structural engineer conduct a reasonable inspection through the court rules.
Are there really safety issues or is this a "hidden agenda"?
At a recent press conference, BLD stated that there are no safety issues at the park and suggested that the Town has some sort of “hidden agenda.” BLD’s accusation is false. The Town has reports from two structural engineers who found that the grandstands are dangerous and unsafe. Addressing these significant safety concerns at this facility, and public safety in general, is the Town’s top priority. Unfortunately, BLD has failed to live up to its obligation to properly maintain the park and consequently, the park needs additional repairs directly related to BLD’s failure to properly maintain the park. The Town’s only “agenda” is to restore the park to “first class condition” as soon as possible, to protect the taxpayers’ investment, and to ensure the safety of all Town residents and visitors of the park.
What is going to happen to the leagues at this park?
The Town has offered to work with BLD on alternative arrangements to accommodate their league and tournament play whenever possible during the closure.
For more information regarding scheduling, refunds, or other game-related inquiries, please visit http://gilbert.bigleaguedreams.com.
For individual field rental requests, not part of a BLD league or tournament, please contact John Kennedy, Parks and Recreation Manager – Programs and Services at 480.503.6231 (office); 480.737.8230 (cell) or email at John.Kennedy@gilbertaz.gov with any questions you may have.
Why are the soccer fields closed if the safety concerns are with the grandstands?
We had to close the soccer fields because the access walkway to the Field House is also affected by the safety concerns related to the grandstands.
- 8 Lighted Replica Baseball Fields
- 20,000 sq. ft. indoor soccer pavilion
- Flag football fields
- Batting cages
- Stadium Club Restaurant
- Indoor Field House
- Stadium Seating
- Softball Leagues
Elliot District park is host to Big League Dreams Gilbert. The Sports park was opened in January 2008 and includes 8 replica fields, a 20,000 sq. ft. indoor soccer pavilion, flag football fields, batting cages, and a Stadium Club restaurant. Activities offered include adult softball and indoor soccer leagues, tournaments (baseball, fastpitch and softball) and special events.
- 8 Replica Fields- The playing fields are built as scaled-down replicas of famous ballparks and include Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Sportsman's Park, D-Back Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Ebbet's Stadium and the Polo Grounds. All are designed to accommodate youth baseball, youth fast pitch softball, and adult slow pitch softball.
- Stadium Club Restaurant - The Stadium Club restaurant offers a wide variety of food and beverages that you can enjoy before, during or after your game. Everything from burgers and dogs, to sandwiches and salads is offered; with all sorts of tasty beverages! The Stadium Club offers the perfect view of all 8 replica stadiums, has 12 televisions to watch your favorite sporting event, and also has an arcade to keep the kids (and adults!) occupied.
- Field House- 20,000 sq. ft. field house is air-cooled and hosts indoor soccer leagues and tournaments as well as large banquets, team building and other group events.
- Playground equipment- Playground equipment is conveniently located next to the South Stadium Club Restaurant and replica fields and is protected by netting from foul balls. It's a great place for the little ones to entertain themselves so mom and dad can enjoy watching or playing a game!
- Batting Cages- Need some practice swings before your big game? Big League Dreams has four slow pitch and four baseball batting cages. Each cage is token operated and can also be rented for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Bats and helmets are offered free of charge.
- Stadium Seating- Big League Dreams uses stadium-style seating for all of its replica fields. Each field has approximately 200 seats; all of which offer a perfect view!
- Leagues/Tournaments-Big League Dreams offer Adult Softball, Indoor Soccer, Youth Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball leagues and tournaments year round. Visit www.bigleaguedreams.com for more information. ...Play Ball!
*This facility is not managed by the Town of Gilbert.