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The Taylor Indoor Baseball Center is open and waiting for you to try it out!
The facility replaces the rundown gymnasium and basketball court inside the Taylor Recreation Center, 22805 Goddard Road. The City of Taylor recently replaced it with a new, hi-tech indoor baseball/softball facility.
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"When I became mayor in 2013, the previous administration had closed the recreation center for budgetary reasons," Mayor Rick Sollars said. "Residents disagreed with that move and wanted us to reopen it. We've done that, and have been evaluating it ever since. When the City of Taylor built the Sportsplex, it had a study showing that there were 200 families in our community involved with hockey, and we ended up paying $26 million to build the TSX.
"I've always thought that we don't do enough for our little leagues. We have four Little League programs involving about 2,000 families. And with an empty gym, we started thinking about better ways that we could use it and enhance the facility."
The project includes wall-to-wall synthetic turf in the facility and three “lanes” or “cages” to hit and pitch. Building and Grounds Foreman Guido Ulin coordinated the build out. The City consulted with former Tigers’ Pitching Coach Jeff Jones and spoke with Steve Avery, a former MLB star pitcher and graduate of Kennedy High School.
“We wanted to separate ourselves from others.” Mayor Sollars said. “This is a first-class facility. They gave us advice on what a team like the Tigers would do if they were creating their own center.”
Ulin points out that the facility has Iron Mike MT5, Bata 2 and Bulldog Single Wheel Feed machines. The professional pitching mounds are junior and senior level. The facility will also include a “soft toss” room across the hallway, which has 7 by 7 power nets with large, wide-mouth openings for hitting soft toss and off a tee.
Due to the anticipated use, the Taylor Recreation Center is increasing its hours. It will now be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Rentals and Rates
Anyone interested in using the indoor baseball-softball facility should reserve a day and time by contacting the Taylor Recreation Center (734) 374-8900 Option 2. Walk-ups are discouraged.
Taylor Little League Organizations Contracted Blocks-
Entire Gym Rental-$100 per hour
Taylor Schools Contracted Blocks-
Entire Gym (3-5 p.m.) $100 per hour
Taylor Adult Softball Blocks (Rotary Park Teams)-
Friday Nights (9–10 p.m.) $100 per hour
$125 Per Hour (with usage agreement); $150 Per Hour (without usage agreement)
Individuals Per Lane Recreation Center Members-
$20 Per Half Hour; $35 Per Hour
Individuals Per Lane Non-Recreation Center Members-
$30 Per Half Hour; $45 Per Hour
Taylor Recreation Hitters Club Card (we do not re-issue lost cards) -
Half Hour Blocks: Five Visits $100; One Hour Blocks: Five Visits $200
T-Ball/Soft Toss Room (when available) -
Rec Members $20 per hour; Non Recreation Center members $25 per hour