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|Work begins on Monarch field|
Construction work is under way for a new $275,000 Monroe Monarch baseball field behind the Liller Maddox Marbles Community Center.
The center is located at 2950 Renwick St.
The field was dedicated in honor of the Monroe Monarchs, a local Negro League Baseball team that once made it to the Negro League World Series, said John Ross, Monroe's interim director of community affairs.
In addition to being used for community recreation and league play, the new field will also serve as the home field for the Carroll High School baseball team, Ross said.
"This 120-day project was made possible thanks to a team effort between the city of Monroe and the Monroe City School System," Ross said.
The city put up $200,000 for the project. The remaining $75,000 was provided by Monroe City Schools.
Over the past nine years, the city of Monroe has appropriated roughly $7 million to make improvements to its parks and recreational facilities to "improve the quality of life for youths and citizens in Monroe and the region," Ross said.
Other community partners have invested another $1 million for ball field improvements at parks throughout the city.