Atlanta Braves like south end of John Prince Park for spring training complex

If the Atlanta Braves get permission to move to Palm Beach County, their top choice for building a spring training complex is on the south end of John Prince Park just west of Lake Worth.

Yellow highlighter marks rough boundaries of area in the sound end of John Prince Park where Atlanta Braves want to to build a spring training complex.

Yellow highlighter marks rough boundaries of area in the sound end of John Prince Park where Atlanta Braves want to to build a spring training complex.

The $100 million baseball complex would be east of the county-owned park’s Congress Avenue entrance, north of the Lantana airport and south of Sixth Avenue South. It would not encroach on Lake Osborne, which meanders north to south on the east side of the park.

The Braves have not publicly said how many acres are needed, but sources said it would be far less than the 135 acres sought by the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros when they briefly considered the south end of the park for a two-team facility.

This idea is no longer in play, but it was an initial design by the Astros and Nationals for a stadium on the north end of the park looking out to the lake.

This idea is no longer in play, but it was an initial design by the Astros and Nationals for a stadium on the north end of the park looking out to the lake.

The Nationals and Astros ultimately rejected John Prince Park – they’re now building a complex in West Palm Beach — because of time-consuming permitting issues associated with encroachments into canals and the lake. Those encroachments would not exist under the Braves’ preliminary plan, sources said.

The Braves are not considering the north end of the park because it would disrupt too many public amenities. The Nationals and Astros also briefly considered 84 acres at the north end, a site that would have included a stadium looking out toward Lake Osborne.

The Palm Beach County Commission might discuss the idea of bringing the Braves to Lake Worth during their next meeting on April 5.

 

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