|Chronological Tour: Stop 73|
The new main entrance to Recreation Park, down the right-field line, Aug-2009.
Visible here are the new right-field building, the 1968 grandstand, and the Watering Hole down the third-base line.
The view from behind the plate now includes bullpens and an equipment barn.
The old home-plate entrance.
The photos on this page were taken during a 2009 visit, following yet another significant renovation. New team offices were added along the right-field line, in a building which also includes new concession and souvenir stands and the Hall of Fame Club, a premium area. Seating was extended down that line as well, and berm seating was added. New bullpens, behind the outfield wall, were also in place, as well as an equipment barn, one wall of which is part of the outfield wall. In addition, to honor Visalia’s dairy heritage, the team was rebranded the Rawhide.
A long-time Visalia baseball fan at the game told me that the main grandstand was not original to 1946, but was built atop debris from the excavation of the CA 198 freeway through Visalia around 1968. Prior to that time, the park had a wooden grandstand similar to Lawrence Park in Lodi (where the main grandstand has since also been replaced).
The same fan had nothing but good words for Whiteley, the former GM, who led a relentless push for cooperation from the City of Visalia to continue the ballpark renovations prior to returning to her New Jersey home and retiring from baseball following the 2004 season. Her efforts helped spur the facility improvements that currently exist at the ballpark.
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