Baseball and softball players looking to sharpen their hitting skills can take advantage of newly installed batting cages at the Buenaventura Lakes Baseball Park.
The new facility, which is next to Archie Gordon Memorial Park at 419 Buenaventura Boulevard, officially opens to the general public on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m.
The seven new lighted cages will be available Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 3 p.m. until 9.m. Saturdays hours are from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.
“These batting cages are a home run for the residents,” said County Commissioner Viviana Janer, whose district includes the park. “They will allow members of the community to fine tune their game with convenient operational hours and reasonable pricing. I’m pleased we were able to place this equipment at a site that is the heart of local sports activities in Buenaventura Lakes.”
Advanced reservations for using the batting cages must be made through the Osceola County Parks reservation system (Active Net) or by walk up (credit card only, no cash please). Reservations can be in 15- minute, half-hour and 1-hour blocks. Cost is $9, $18 and $36, respectively. Helmets, bats and balls are provided.
Current COVID-19 guidelines will be utilized, including a temperature check prior to use.
After the closing of the Osceola County Softball Complex, Janer lobbied for the popular batting cages to be relocated to Archie Gordon Memorial Park at the request of residents. There are two cages for fast pitch baseball, one for youth baseball, two for slow pitch softball and two for fast pitch softball.
Among improvements related to the installation was construction of a new ADA sidewalk, a covered registration/check-in area, fencing, lighting, a storm water pond and tree plantings.
All trees planted are native to Florida and include Bald Cypress, Southern Magnolia, Long leaf pine and Live Oak. These trees were purchased at a much less expensive cost and smaller size, three years ago and were “grown up” at the county’s Tree Farm.