Pottstown Expects Ball Field Design Bids Thursday

Flood damage to a Sundstrom Field dugout (at top) as it appeared during 2019

POTTSTOWN PA – The borough expects to finish receiving bids Thursday (June 24, 2021) at 4 p.m. from contractors interested in providing professional engineering and design services to restore the Pat Sundstrom baseball field at 351 Manatawny St. The field and several nearby properties, including the foot bridge to Veterans Island in Memorial Park, were severely damaged during a July 2019 storm that flooded Manatawny Creek.

The cost of the design work for the field only – which is expected to include construction documents, plans, and specifications for future repair and replacement of features at the field – is being covered by a $125,000 Pennsylvania Commonwealth Finance Authority grant. Pottstown said it’s asking for enough information to later publish a call for “shovel-ready” bids for the work itself.

The field is owned by the borough and leased to a non-profit firm, Sports Enterprises Inc., for American Legion Youth Baseball. Its combined grass infield and playable outfield represent about 100,000 square feet of space, according to borough documents, accompanied by team dugouts, spectator areas, backstop, and concession stand and press box. Several of the facilities were damaged, and one dugout leveled, in the 2019 flood.

Borough residents and community groups have since volunteered time and effort to clean up as much of the remaining facility as possible, and also established a crowd-funding page for donations intended for repair work.