After District 14 council member David Blewett pulled the Reverchon Park reconstruction project back from its December abyss, Dallas City Council heard arguments for and against the proposal in one fiery late afternoon/evening meeting before rendering a fresh decision.
What had been a tie vote in December was now passed 11-4.
And far North Dallas District 12 Councilperson Cara Mendelsohn was in the house to vote in favor of turning over the century-old ballpark to Reverchon Park Sports and Entertainment LLC, a group led by Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson. There will also be an all-abilities baseball field built by Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, a Dallas native, and his wife Ellen’s foundation, Kershaw’s Challenge, along the chain-link fence side to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Kershaw’s Challenge has given away more than $7.5 million dollars to benefiting communities since 2011, Dallas will now be one of them. On the surface, it all seemed very philanthropic, athlete-and kid-centered, and fun.
But like most real estate deals, the devil is in the details.