Dunwoody’s mayor and City Council voted Dec. 12 to award the design contract for two new baseball fields at Peachtree Charter Middle School to Skyline Engineering and Construction for a total of $98,000, including contingency funds.

The design contract was originally for $81,890 and included a 10 percent contingency fund for the project not to exceed $90,000.

Some council members said they were receiving emails from residents wanting to somehow overlay a girl’s softball fields on one of the baseball fields. The council approved adding on another 10 percent contingency fund of $8,000 to specifically be used to examine and determine if such an overlay will work.

The council also agreed that artificial turf will be used on the fields that will be utilized by Dunwoody Senior Baseball and also the middle school.

The Dunwoody mayor and City Council voted unanimously Nov. 14 to enter into an agreement to swap Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields in Dunwoody Park to the DeKalb schools for Austin Elementary and $3.6 million in cash. The $3.6 million is expected to cover the construction costs of the two new fields.

As part of the agreement, the city will construct two new baseball fields on about 8 acres of property at Peachtree Charter Middle School that will be used by the school and Dunwoody Senior Baseball league that mostly serves middle school boys.

The school district will then build a new 900-seat Austin Elementary where the current baseball fields are located, in Dunwoody Park and adjacent to the Dunwoody Nature Center. The city will then get the property where the current Austin Elementary is located to rebuild into a park space.

Cost analysis for artificial turf versus natural turf. Click to enlarge.