HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Years ago it was filled with the sounds of a bat cracking against a baseball and fans cheering, but Wednesday the sounds are slightly different at St. Clouds Stadium.
Wednesday, crews began the demolition of St. Clouds grandstand and restroom in the west end of Huntington.
The cracking of wood breaking is all that could be heard at the once home to the Huntington Cubs.
The bleachers behind home plate are now just a memory as an end loader sits on home plate.
Kevin Brady, the Executive Director of the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District tells WSAZ.com that the old wooden grandstand and the restrooms have been closed for a few years now. He says they are dilapidated and unusable. They are also safety concerns.
Brady tells WSAZ.com that this work has been in the budget for two years now, but this is the first time they have been able to get around to the project.
Fencing and free-standing metal bleachers are in the plans, where the stands used to be located.
Brady says they are making major improvements to the St. Cloud Commons. They have put in a new playground and the addition of the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health has really changed the focus of the park.
According to Brady, they now have moms pushing strollers and couples walking on the trail.
Crime has also been lowered in the park. Brady says vandalism has been reduced since they installed new surveillance cameras.