For the past six years the batting cages at Airline and the Beeline Highway sat empty. Time took its toll on the cages with nets falling down, poles bending over and weeds growing up where feet once played.
But in the past month, a thrash of activity has sprouted up at the center with workers diligently cleaning, painting and sprucing up the place for its grand reopening.
Worker Mike Basmer said for the past month he has prepped the center and hopes to see it reopen within a few weeks.
On Monday, we caught Basmer shoveling new gravel around the batting center. Over the weekend, crews straightened support poles and trimmed trees.
The only things left to do are order the balls, hire employees and furnish the inside, Basmer said.
“We have already had kids stop and jump out with bats,” he said. “Every day people stop and ask, but I keep saying it will be a couple weeks.”
Manual Arguello originally opened the center in 2003 under the name Manny’s Batting Cages, but the center quickly folded.