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Wilmington City Council approves Salesianum lease deal for Baynard Stadium

Courtesy of the City of Wilmington
A rendering of proposed renovations at Baynard Stadium

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki says the renovations to Baynard Stadium and Eden Park are moving forward.

A 50-year lease agreement between Salesianum School and the City for the Baynard Stadium athletic complex was approved by City Council Thursday.

Salesianum has agreed to invest $15 to 20 million in the facility.

The school plans a complete overhaul of Baynard— installing a new track and turf field and building new bleachers, locker rooms and a community meeting space.

Other schools and youth groups will still be allowed to use the stadium. According to city officials, the agreement guarantees non-Salesianum users a minimum of 360 hours of use a year. There will be a public calendar.

Purzycki said in a statement that Salesianum’s “care and concern for our City will benefit all of our citizens for years to come.”

The City plans to put roughly $2.4 million of renovations into Eden Park in south Wilmington. Planned improvements include a full-size turf field, new scoreboard, and recoating of the three park pools.

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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