1970’s thru 2003 – The Ballpark went through many phases, from being home to the Maine Guides minor league baseball team to a venue for concerts featuring Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan and more until it eventually ended back up in the hands of the town of Old Orchard and has sat idle since 1997.
Click here for a brief history of this time, taken from the Community Design Workshop briefing book.
November 2005 – Voters were asked via referendum question whether to consider selling the ballpark property. The majority of voters agreed to consider the sale of the property after a master plan had been developed.
March 2, 2006 – Press Release to announce the concept behind ballpark workshop series
March 23, 2006 – Workshop series to develop a Master Plan for the ballpark property begins. Click here to view a summary of workshops and the final report submitted by Alan Holt.
June 21, 2007 – Fire destroys large section of skyboxes. First responders act quickly to extinquish blaze.
April 23, 2008 – The Council expressed consensus after last night’s Budget Workshop that the adhoc Ballpark Committee and its group of volunteers be allowed access to the Ballpark for purpose of fixing it up according to the Plan submitted by Linda Jenkins (on behalf of the adhoc Ballpark Committee of the Conservation Commission). Chairman Jim Long acknowledged the consensus of three Councilors (O’Neill, Dayton, MacDonald) and stipulated that permission to access the Ballpark by any volunteer be conditioned upon receiving a signed “hold harmless” release of liability waiver. I’ve begun working on that waiver & process today and will place it into the hands of Linda Jenkins ASAP for their use in this matter, after which time, volunteer work will be officially sanctioned by the Town. View a copy of the Official Proceed Order here.
June 10, 2008 – Referendum Question No. 2
Shall the Town Council of the Town of Old Orchard Beach be authorized to sell property described below on such terms and conditions as the Council deems to be in the best interests of the Town, provided that the Town Council shall not sell any of the playing fields located on Map 207, Block 3, Lot 1 and that a portion of the property shall be retained by the Town for future public use?
The land and buildings commonly known as “the Ballpark,” identified in the Town Assessor’s records as Map 207, Block 3, Lot 6; and Town-owned property adjacent to the Ballpark, consisting of those portions of Assessor’s Map 207, Block 3, Lot 1 shown on the plan entitled “Plan of Land for Sale of Ballpark and Adjacent Land” on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
Section 409.16 of the Town Charter requires a referendum vote before the Council can sell Town-owned property (other than tax acquired property). Approval of this question would enable the Council to explore options for the sale and reuse of the Ballpark and certain adjacent property which is currently unutilized. Approval of this question would not authorize sale of any of the existing playing fields and would require the Town Council to retain some portion of the land for future public use. Approval of this question would not require the Town Council to sell any property, but would give the Council authority to sell property on terms and conditions deemed by the Council to be in the best interests of the Town.
Referendum Question 2: (Ballpark)
Yes -> 627 No -> 1169
June 17, 2008 – The Old Orchard Beach Ballpark gets front page billing on the well known web site BallparkDigest.com and volunteers continue to work on renovating the property.